Valerie Sherer Mathes

Valerie Sherer Mathes is a professor emerita at City College of San Francisco, where for over forty years she has taught American Indian history, history of the American West, and U.S. history. She is the author of Helen Hunt Jackson and Her Indian Reform Legacy and Divinely Guided: The California Work of the Women's National Indian Association, and she is the coauthor of The Standing Bear Controversy: Prelude to Indian Reform.

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Gender, Race, and Power in the Indian Reform Movement

Revisiting the History of the WNIA

University of New Mexico Press

This collection of essays offers a new interpretation of the WNIA's founding, argues that the WNIA provided opportunities for indigenous women, creates a new space in the public sphere for white women, and reveals the WNIA's role in broader national debates centered on Indian land rights and the political power of Christian reform.

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The Women's National Indian Association

A History

University of New Mexico Press

Mathes's edited volume, the first book to address the history of the WNIA, comprises essays by eight authors on the work of this important reform group.

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