Highlighting the themes of imperialism, gender, and Indigenous agency, Marak and Tuennerman deftly illustrate the unintended consequences of gendered assimilation efforts in which U.S. assimilation efforts occurred not in spite of, but rather because of, the peripheral location of the Tohono O'odham.
—Native American and Indigenous Studies
This in-depth study of feuding missionaries and conniving Indian agents trying to educate and 'civilize' Native Americans provides a gripping tale of paternalism, racism, and exploitation.
—Bill Broyles, Southwest Books of the Year
Forms an important part of the growing body of scholarship on Native American assimilation during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
—Journal of American History
Scholars of indigenous studies, borderlands history, and transnational history will welcome this text as a small but powerful example of what can be accomplished in a field overflowing with similar research topics to be explored and stories to be told.
—Catholic Historical Review
A tidy and compact volume that contains keen insights into how the US government's efforts to assimilate the Tohono O'odham relied upon constructions of gender.
—Journal of Arizona History
The archival research and the chapter on Mexico are especially welcome since few works have examined the Tohono O'odham living on both sides of the border. The book also offers excellent insights into the role that gender played in the United States' assimilation policy and indigenous responses do it.
—Eric Meeks, author of Border Citizens: The Making of Indians, Mexicans, and Anglos in Arizona
Marak and Tuennerman focus on the gendered dimensions of efforts to assimilate the Tohono O'odham, a nation of people that have lived in what we now call the borderlands for over a millennium.
—Jeffrey Shepherd, author of We Are an Indian Nation: A History of the Hualapai People