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Professor authors new book on indigenous peoples


Illinois College professor Joseph Genetin-Pilawa’s new book, Crooked Paths to Allotment: The Fight over Federal Indian Policy after the Civil War, is scheduled for release on October 22.

In the book Genetin-Pilawa complicates standard narratives of 19th century Native American history by uncovering the stories of individuals who contested federal Indian policy and proposed viable alternatives during a critical moment in its development.

Genetin-Pilawa focuses on reformers and activists including Tonawanda Seneca, Ely S. Parker and Council Fire editor Thomas A. Bland. He reveals how these men and their allies opposed such policies as forced land allotment, the elimination of traditional cultural practices, mandatory boarding school education for Indian youth and compulsory participation in the market economy. Although the mainstream supporters of assimilation successfully repressed these efforts, the ideas and policy frameworks they espoused established a tradition of dissent against disruptive colonial governance.

“In taking serious account of indigenous peoples' political agency, especially that of Ely S. Parker, Genetin-Pilawa offers a model for historical scholarship in this field. Crooked Paths to Allotment is an excellent work, a must-read for students and scholars of U.S.-indigenous relations and history,” Kevin Bruyneel of Babson College said.

Crooked Paths to Allotment is published by University of North Carolina Press and is part of the First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies initiative. The book can be pre-ordered at It is also available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and later this month at the IC Bookstore and Our Town Books in Jacksonville.
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Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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