'The Tale of the Tribe and the Company Town': What We Can Learn About the Workings of Whiteness in the Pacific Northwest
48 Pages Posted: 25 Jul 2012 Last revised: 1 Aug 2012
Date Written: July 24, 2012
This Article relates 'The Tale of the Tribe and the Company Town,' which is unfolding somewhere in the Inland Northwest within the American Pacific Northwest. Insofar as the tale involves a federally recognized tribe, it is a tale that one might tell with attention to Indian law and policy, tribal sovereignty, and tribal interests and histories. However, this tale also implicates a nexus of historical influences and contemporary phenomena, and this Article presents the tale as an heuristic tool for surfacing and exploring some of these influences and phenomena, including white 'amenity' in-migration, 'whitopia' communities, company towns, secessionism, xenophobia and hate, racial exclusion and discrimination, domestic terrorism, and contested regionalisms. Some of these influences and phenomena have deep roots; others have unsettling current manifestations in the Inland Northwest region and throughout the Pacific Northwest (or Cascadia, as it is now sometimes called). Having presented the tale, and having worked to surface and explore facets of past factors, present conditions, and future possibilities that it implicates, the Article concludes with five insights and a few hopes.
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