The Yale Indian

The Yale Indian

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Honored in his own time as one of the most prominent Indian public intellectuals, Henry Roe Cloud (c. 1884a€“1950) fought to open higher education to Indians. Joel Pfistera€™s extensive archival research establishes the historical significance of key chapters in the Winnebagoa€™s remarkable life. Roe Cloud was the first Indian to receive undergraduate and graduate degrees from Yale University, where he was elected to the prestigious and intellectual Elihu Club. Pfister compares Roe Clouda€™s experience to that of other a€œcollege Indiansa€ and also to African Americans such as W. E. B. Du Bois. Roe Cloud helped launch the Society of American Indians, graduated from Auburn seminary, founded a preparatory school for Indians, and served as the first Indian superintendent of the Haskell Institute (forerunner of Haskell Indian Nations University). He also worked under John Collier at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, where he was a catalyst for the Indian New Deal. Roe Clouda€™s white-collar activism was entwined with the Progressive Era formation of an Indian professional and managerial class, a Native a€œtalented tenth, a€ whose members strategically used their contingent entry into arenas of white social, intellectual, and political power on behalf of Indians without such access. His Yale training provided a cross-cultural education in class-structured emotions and individuality. While at Yale, Roe Cloud was informally adopted by a white missionary couple. Through them he was schooled in upper-middle-class sentimentality and incentives. He also learned how interracial romance could jeopardize Indian acceptance into their class. Roe Cloud expanded the range of what modern Indians could aspire to and achieve.God and the Winnebago concept of a#39;a#39;the supreme deity, Earthmakera#39;a#39; (Trickster, 115). ... On the ideology of self-help see Judy Hilkey, Character as Capital: Success Manuals and Manhood in Gilded Age America (Chapel Hill: University ofanbsp;...

Title:The Yale Indian
Author:Joel Pfister
Publisher:Duke University Press - 2009-05-22


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