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Inhabiting Indianness: Sherman Alexie's Indian Killer and the Phenomenology of White Sincerity

Inhabiting Indianness: Sherman Alexie's Indian Killer and the Phenomenology of White Sincerity Inhabiting Indianness Sherman Alexie’s Indian Killer and the Phenomenology of White Sincerity Zachary S. Laminack Have we somehow travelled back to the nineteenth century? —Sherman Alexie, Indian Killer On July 9, 1998, Spokane / Coeur d’Alene writer Sherman Alexie ap- peared alongside President Bill Clinton on PBS NewsHour as part of a se- ries of panel discussions entitled “President Clinton’s Dialogue on Race.” Turning to Alexie early in the broadcast, Clinton off ered the following: When I was running for President in 1992, I didn’t know much about the American Indian condition except that we had a signif- icant but very small population of Indians in my home state and that my grandmother was one- quarter Cherokee. That’s all I knew. I spent a lot of time going around  .  .  . to the reservations  .  .  . to learn about this sort of nation- to- nation legal relationship that is supposed to exist between the US Government and the Native American tribes.  .  .  . What I concluded  .  .  . [was] that they have not been given enough empowerment or responsibility or tools to make the most of their own lives. . . . So they literally got the worst http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in American Indian Literatures University of Nebraska Press

Inhabiting Indianness: Sherman Alexie's Indian Killer and the Phenomenology of White Sincerity

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Inhabiting Indianness Sherman Alexie’s Indian Killer and the Phenomenology of White Sincerity Zachary S. Laminack Have we somehow travelled back to the nineteenth century? —Sherman Alexie, Indian Killer On July 9, 1998, Spokane / Coeur d’Alene writer Sherman Alexie ap- peared alongside President Bill Clinton on PBS NewsHour as part of a se- ries of panel discussions entitled “President Clinton’s Dialogue on Race.” Turning to Alexie early in the broadcast, Clinton off ered the following: When I was running for President in 1992, I didn’t know much about the American Indian condition except that we had a signif- icant but very small population of Indians in my home state and that my grandmother was one- quarter Cherokee. That’s all I knew. I spent a lot of time going around  .  .  . to the reservations  .  .  . to learn about this sort of nation- to- nation legal relationship that is supposed to exist between the US Government and the Native American tribes.  .  .  . What I concluded  .  .  . [was] that they have not been given enough empowerment or responsibility or tools to make the most of their own lives. . . . So they literally got the worst

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Studies in American Indian LiteraturesUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Mar 24, 2018

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