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New Chapter by Rocha Beardall Examines How Settler-Colonial Logics of Reservation Policing Impact the Lives of American Indians

Posted: 2/1/2024 (CSDE Research)

CSDE Affiliate Theresa Rocha Beardall (Sociology) authored a chapter, titled “‘Imperialism without Imperialists’ and the Settler-Colonial Logics of Reservation Policing” in the edited volume, Police and State Crime in the Americas. Growing awareness of U.S. police violence has sparked important discussions that link state violence and the nation’s settler-colonial origins, emphasizing the use of law enforcement to control racially marginalized groups. Yet, the enduring impact of settler-colonial logics of carcerality and elimination on the lives of Indigenous Peoples in the U.S., commonly known as American Indians under federal law, remains underexplored. This chapter examines how and why the social construction of American Indians as othered and deviant is used by the settler-state to assert control of Native bodies, lands, and jurisdiction through reservation policing.