Always Sovereign: The Mission Indian Federation

Always Sovereign: The Mission Indian Federation

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May 8, 2018 6:00 PM–7:30 PM

Founded in 1919, The Mission Indian Federation sought to unite the thirty tribes of Southern California under a single, sovereign government free from federal control.

It was one of the first articulated sovereignty movements of twentieth-century Indian Country, though it continued an ancient tradition of, as they put it, “self-rule.” Very influential, the Federation impacted Indian Country both locally and on a national level in ways that still affect tribes and tribal people, today.

Historian T. Robert Przeklasa shares his work on the topic.

T. Robert Przeklasa, Ph. D., is the Curator of History at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum. He sits on the board of the Native American Land Conservancy and works with the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians towards the creation of a tribal college in Southern California.

Przeklasa is also at work on a book manuscript: Reservation Empire: The Mission Indian Federation and Native American Conservatism.

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