This thesis examines Aberle's administration in the coincided with the New Deal era and John Collier's administration of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Aberle was a medical researcher and applied anthropologist who brought several years of field experience among the Pueblos to the UPA. Some opposition arose over her appointment, in part because she was a woman. More important, many Pueblos opposed the consolidation of several Pueblo agencies into one large agency, the United Pueblos Agency. The new agency encompassed the nineteen New Mexico pueblos and three small Navajo reservations. Some resistance to Aberle and the consolidated agency lasted throughout her tenure. In spite of this, she concentrated on managing the agency and assisting the Pueblos with efforts to modernize their villages.
Level of Degree
First Committee Member (Chair)
Ferris, Kathlene. "Sophie D. Aberle and the United Pueblos Agency, 1935-1944." (2014). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/hist_etds/29