Unsettling Domesticity: Native Women and 20th-Century US Indian Policy in the San Francisco Bay Area


ACLS Fellowship Program


Feminist Studies


From 1918-1942, the Bay Area Outing Program recruited thousands of Native women from Indian boarding schools to work as live-in housemaids across the Bay Area. "Unsettling Domesticity" uncovers how Native women navigated the challenges and opportunities of outing. The book asks, within the confines of domestic labor, how did Native women comply, resist and negotiate their circumstances? It closely analyzes over 4,000 outing records. Native women’s voices are at the heart. This study departs from existing studies, situating outing within California’s history of Indian labor exploitation and centers Native women. It advances work on Indian boarding schools, Urban Indians and the history of Native California.