Land Divided by Law: The Yakama Indian Nation as Environmental History, 1840-1933

An environmental history of Yakama and Euro-American cultural interactions during the 19th and 20th century, exploring the role of law in both curtailing and promoting rights to subsistence resources within a market economy. Uses original source files, case histories, and contemporary writings and describes how the struggle to assert treaty rights both sprang from and impacted lives of the Yakama. More

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About Barbara Leibhardt Wester

Barbara Leibhardt Wester is an environmental lawyer and historian who works, writes, and quilts in northern Illinois, where she lives with her husband, two teen-aged sons, and a large Siberian husky. The Illuminatrix was, in part, inspired by her mother, who was, between 1950 and 1961, an artist at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, where, among other things, she spent countless hours painting and hand lettering large murals for the backgrounds of exhibit cases in the geology and paleontology departments.

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