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10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Noon – 5 p.m.

500 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Dogs, Horses and Indians: A History of Blood Quantum

March 30 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

What is blood quantum? Why do Native Americans have to keep track of it? What does it mean? And why are Native Americans the only human group that must keep track of blood quantum?

Explore these questions at our upcoming lecture “Dog, Horses and Indians: A History of Blood Quantum” with public historian, activist and speaker Heather Bruegl (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin). This thought-provoking session will address fundamental questions surrounding the concept of blood quantum, which Native Americans have had to grapple with since colonization. Delve into the historical context, understanding why the United States government implemented this practice to limit citizenship and its evolving implications.

We will explore this idea of blood quantum, what it has done to the individual Native American, what it has done to tribes, and how it affects treaty rights.

Included with regular admission, and there’s no charge for members, veterans, or military.

Explore more about blood quantum in our upcoming exhibition, Developing Stories: Native Photographer in the Field.


March 30
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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