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The Yurok Reservation

Thomas Buckley

in Standing Ground

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780520233584
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936447 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520233584.003.0002
The Yurok Reservation

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This chapter presents a brief overview of the history of the Yurok Indian Reservation since 1850. Non-Indians first settled in Yurok territory during the gold rush of 1849. Varied white interests defeated ratification of an 1851 treaty that created a large reservation. The ensuing armed conflict between Yuroks and whites extended into the mid-1860s. The chapter begins with an account of the political events in the tribes of Yurok and the emergence of Yurok Reservation, describing the conditions of survival of Yurok men, women, and children. Following this, it gives an account of the tribal organization of Yurok tribes and takes a look at various other aspects of Yurok life, such as formal education, conditions of medical care, and economic development. Finally, the chapter explores the prevalence of spirituality and arts, and religious freedom in the Yurok Reservation.

Keywords: Yurok Reservation; tribal organization; Yurok tribes; spirituality; arts; religious freedom

Chapter.  3851 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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