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Committed : remembering native kinship in and beyond institutions / Susan Burch.

Author/creator Burch, Susan author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2021]
Descriptionxv, 222 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Subject(s)
Series Critical indigeneities
Critical indigeneities. ^A1325681
Abstract "In 1898, Congress passed a bill creating the only 'institution for insane Indians' in the country. The Canton Indian Insane Asylum in South Dakota (sometimes called the Hiawatha Insane Asylum) opened for the reception of patients in 1903. Not long after it opened, a 1927 investigation conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs determined that many of the patients were not mentally ill in any clinical sense. Many Native Americans had been institutionalized for alcoholism, opposing government or business interests, or being culturally misunderstood. Nevertheless, more than 350 patients from 53 Native nations were detained at Canton, many of them relatives across generations. Conditions at the institution were dire; at least 121 of these patients died while there. In 1934, just 31 years after it accepted its first patient, Canton was closed and its story largely forgotten. In Committed, Susan Burch resurrects this history through the stories of individuals detained at Canton Asylum, told to her by their relatives, the asylum's staff, and the town's residents during this time"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Genre/formBiographies.
Genre/formHistory.
LCCN 2020037060
ISBN9781469661612 hardcover ; alkaline paper
ISBN1469661616 hardcover ; alkaline paper
ISBN9781469661629 paperback ; alkaline paper
ISBN1469661624 paperback ; alkaline paper
ISBNelectronic book
ISBNelectronic book

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