Monday, December 24, 2007

What is the Provenance of Ward Churchill's Article "The Extralegal Implications of Yellow Thunder Tiospaye: Misadventure or Watershed Action?"


Scrooge entered timidly, and hung his head before this Spirit. He was not the dogged Scrooge he had been; and though the Spirit’s eyes were clear and kind, he did not like to meet them.

“I am the Ghost of Christmas Present,” said the Spirit. “Look upon me!"---from Charles Dickens' ghost story A Christmas Carol

Mr. Paine of PirateBallerina has been keeping track of journals where Ward Churchill says he has published peer reviewed articles. [See Update III below Mr. Paine's article called "Peer Reviewed*"---just below his 12-19-07 entry.] One peer reviewed journal seems to be called Policy Perspectives.

Ward Churchill claims in his book Since Predator Came that he published an article titled "Yellow Thunder Tiospaye: Misadventure or Watershed Action?" in Policy Perspectives, Vol. 2, No. 2 (Spring 1982).

Mr. Paine googled the phrase Policy Perspectives, Vol.2, No. 2 (Spring 1982).

As you can see, Mr. Paine found three books that cited Churchill's article "Yellow Thunder Tiospaye: Misadventure or Watershed Action?"

It's odd that no other writer seems to have written an article that shows up on the Internet in this particular issue of Policy Perspectives.

I wonder what Policy Perspectives was. If it were a peer reviewed academic journal, I would expect that other authors might show up in Policy Perspectives, Vol 2, No. 2, Spring 1982.

I wonder where this journal was published and who published it. I even wonder if the journal ever existed at all.

I tried googling Churchill's article "Yellow Thunder Tiospaye: Misadventure or Watershed Action?" and found that Frederick E. Hoxie, Peter C. Mancall, and James Hart Merrell wrote a book called American Nations: Encounters in Indian Country, 1850 to the Present that cites Churchill's article in footnote 154. They had typed the journal entry a little differently as "Policy Perspectives 2:2 (Spring 1982)", so I searched that. The same book was the only thing that came up on the Internet.

I wonder if these authors saw the actual article in Policy Perspectives or just read about Churchill's article in another book and took his word for it.

I went to Churchill's CV and saw that the article is actually cited a bit differently there. It is called "The Extralegal Implications of Yellow Thunder Tiospaye: Misadventure or Watershed Action?"

I thought that perhaps the problem was that Mr. Churchill and Mr. Paine left off the beginning of the article's title "The Extralegal Implications of...", So I googled that title.

I got just two hits. One hit was the Churchill CV Mr. Paine has posted, and the second hit was a book called From a Native Son: Selected Essays in Indigenism, 1985-1995 by Ward Churchill.

I thought it was odd that in his book Since Predator Came Churchill didn't give the same title for his 1982 Policy Perspectives article as he gave in From a Native Son or in his CV.

It seems like other people who cited this article may not have seen the original 1982 essay in Policy Perspectives if it was called "The Extralegal Implications of Yellow Thunder Tiospaye: Misadventure or Watershed Action?" because they cited the shorthand version "Yellow Thunder Tiospaye: Misadventure or Watershed Action?"

According to his CV, Churchill presented "The Extralegal Implications of Yellow Thunder Tiospaye: Misadventure or Watershed Action?" at the annual conference of the Western Political Science Association (WPSA) in San Francisco in May 1982.

Well, this is very confusing for someone as crazy as I am. Perhaps Churchill's apologist Ben Whitmer can shed a little light on the provenance of this peer reviewed article.

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