This thesis takes up the role of secularism in modern medicine as a political doctrine that works in service of settler colonialism. I argue the Declaration of Human Rights and the World Health Organization (WHO) globally institutionalized secular ideologies in the post-World War II environment. This thesis links how this global reordering came to inform U.S. health policy by examining how government officials and medical experts drew from the WHO and framed infectious diseases as a security issue to impose a biomedical order in Indian country. By contextualizing modern medicine within a settler political economy and secular political doctrine, I demonstrate how the settler state reproduced itself through secularizing processes that sought to dismantle Native spirituality.
Secularism, Settler Colonialism, Indian Health Services
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Grisel, Jillian Elizabeth. "UNSETTLING INDIAN HEALTH SERVICES: SECULARISM, MODERN MEDICINE, & THE REPRODUCTION OF THE U.S. SETTLER STATE THROUGH THE 1954 TRANSFER ACT." (2019). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/amst_etds/84