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Research Justice at the Intersections

Leece Lee-Oliver
Leece Lee-Oliver
Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, Mills College

Red Feminist Roots: Native American Women, Coloniality, and the Liturgies of Death

Red Feminist Roots: Native American Women, Coloniality, and the Liturgies of Death is an interdisciplinary study of western expansion, the race and gender ideologies that came to bear on Native American females and queer peoples, and the life affirming resistance efforts of Native American women. I examine the trope of the squaw the teleology western expansion and its affective devaluation of Native American females and queer peoples. I show how a “death ethic” embedded colonial expansion and settler nativism and justified the subjugation of Native American females to inhumane treatment, isolation, violence, and even death ostensibly as a necessary measure to ensure the success of Western expansion and American nation-formation. I revisit Kehaulani Kauanui’s concept of “blood racialization” alongside Robert Williams, bell hooks, Achille Mbembe, and Franz Fanon’s analytics of “Indianness” and “blackness” to consider the emergence and endurance of anti-Indianism in western political and social thought.

Biography

Leece Lee is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at Mills College and received her PhD in Ethnic Studies, Native American Studies at the University of California Berkeley. She is currently working on her first book, which traces the history of western race and gender ideologies to the formation of “racialized patriarchy” in the US. Specifically, Dr Lee interrogates the role of “racialized patriarchy” in early American nation formation to consider its impacts on Native American women, federal-“Indian” relations, the American social imaginary, and the epidemic rates of violence against Native American females today. The book project highlights key Native American women to illustrate the trajectory of “racialized patriarchy” and its consequences for Native American women from 1550 to the present. Her work also extends a transnational critique, comparing anti-colonial scholarship from indigenous and women of color in the US, Caribbean and Australia, to explore how anti-colonialism shapes Native American, Indigenous, and women of color activism.

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Last Updated: 9/5/17