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Citizens of Two Nations? The Complicated Legacies of the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924

Citizens of Two Nations? The Complicated Legacies of the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 In-Person

The Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute invites you to a lecture by Dr. Kacy Hollenback, SMU Department of Anthropology, marking the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Indian Citizenship Act. This is the third event in the 2024 Godbey Anniversary Lecture Series.

Passed in 1866 to extend rights granted by the Bill of Rights to formerly enslaved inviduals, the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution defined any person born or naturalized within the United States as a citizen. Both, however, excluded Native Americans. It was not until June 2, 1924 that Congress granted these same rights to Indigenous peoples via the Indian Citizenship Act. Motivations for the passage of the law were to recognize the service of over 23,000 Native Americans who fought and served the country in World War I. Yet not all tribal members welcomed this "gesture." For those that did, many did not receive full citizenship and suffrage rights until 1948, as some states denied such access. For tribal members who opposed the bill, they feared it would weaken the sovereignty of Native Nations. Some of these tensions have continued to the present. This lecture will explore the complicated legacies of the Indian Citizenship Act, reflecting back on a century of shifting federal legislation, Native resistance, and Indigenous persistence and sovereignty. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2024
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Time Zone:
Central Time - US & Canada (change)
Meadows Museum - Jones Great Hall
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There will be a reception in the Founders Room of Meadows Museum starting at 6:00 with the lecture beginning at 6:30 in Jones Great Hall. Appetizers will be served. 

Parking is free for museum visitors. More information about parking can be found at the museum's website

For more information about the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute, please visit our website

Any person who requires a reasonable accommodation on the basis of a disability in order to participate in this program should contact the DCII at dcinterdisciplinaryinstitute@smu.edu at least one week prior to the event to arrange for the accommodation. 

Speakers express their own views and not necessarily the views of the DCII or SMU.

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