Indigenous Women's Legal Strategies & Salish Sea Crossings

Wednesday, 1 May 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:20pm


Dr. Katrina Jagodinsky will outline the legal codes that made Indigenous women vulnerable to economic and sexual exploitation in Washington Territory and chronicle the strategies of Salish woman Nora Jewell in overcoming her vulnerabilities as she grew up on San Juan Island and maintained family ties throughout Salish Sea and mainland communities from 1864-1910.


Katrina Jagodinsky is the Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of History at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, where she teaches legal and western history and is also the inaugural Jack and Nancy Farley Distinguished Visiting Scholar in History at Simon Fraser University this term. Her research highlights women’s challenges to their sexual and economic vulnerabilities in the long nineteenth century. She has published in American Indian Quarterly, Western Historical Quarterly, and Western Legal History and has chapters in books from University of California Press, the University Press of Kansas, in addition to her book Legal Codes & Talking Trees: Indigenous Women’s Sovereignty in the Sonoran and Puget Sound Borderlands, 1854-1946 (Yale University Press, 2016).