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American Indian politics and the American political system
Wilkins, David E. (David Eugene), 1954-
Publication Information:
Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, [2002]

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xxvii, 365 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm.
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Author Notes

David E. Wilkins is associate professor of American Indian politics and adjunct professor of political science and law at the University of Minnesota.

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Wilkins (Native American politics and law, Univ. of Minnesota) has written the first general study of contemporary Indians in the US from the disciplinary standpoint of political science. His book includes historical and legal frameworks with sections on citizenship, voting, congressional committees, Indian or Indian-oriented groups outside government affecting politics, and treatment of Indian issues by the media--topics rarely covered in other books. Wilkins's treatment of the unique constitutional/legal history and status of Native Americans is also outstanding, demonstrating why Indians are not simply another racial minority and why federal policy has typically revolved around both "tribal sovereignty and the ambivalence of federal policymakers toward tribal nations." His inclusion of legal matters results in sophisticated treatment of many contemporary issues involving Native American governments and the government of the US, and gives readers a good background for understanding other questions. The writing is clear--not a minor matter in such a complex subject--and short case histories are presented, plus links (including Web sites) to many sources of information. Intended for undergraduates, but also valuable for graduate students, researchers, and the serious general public. All collections. E. R. Rusco emeritus, University of Nevada, Reno

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Photographsp. vii
List of Tablesp. ix
List of Acronymsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Note on Terminologyp. xix
Timeline of American Indian Peoples, All Tribes and Regionsp. xxi
Introductionp. 1
1 A Tour of Indian Peoples and Indian Landsp. 11
2 Indian Peoples Are Nations, Not Minoritiesp. 41
3 Actors in Indian Politicsp. 63
Northwest Tribes and the State of Washington: A Case Studyp. 99
4 A History of Federal Indian Policyp. 103
5 Indigenous Governments: Past, Present, and Futurep. 119
The Iroquois Confederacy: A Case Studyp. 123
The Cherokee: A Case Studyp. 129
The Ft. Peck Reservation's General Council: A Case Studyp. 141
The Navajo Nation's President: A Case Studyp. 141
The Crow Tribal Court: A Case Studyp. 142
6 Tribal Political Economyp. 157
The Mashantucket Pequot: A Case Studyp. 168
7 Indian Political Participation: Patriotism, Suffrage, and Partisanshipp. 185
8 Indian Interest Group Activity and Activismp. 201
9 Indians, Images, and the Mediap. 225
10 Indigenous Nations and the American Political Systemp. 245
Appendix A Federally Recognized Entitiesp. 259
Appendix B 1778 Delaware-U.S. Treatyp. 273
Appendix C Remonstrance of Col. Peter Pitchlynnp. 277
Appendix D Talton v. Mayes (1896)p. 281
Appendix E Constitution and Bylaws of the Pueblo of Santa Clara, New Mexicop. 287
Appendix F Executive Order 13084: Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governmentsp. 295
Appendix G Major Congressional Law Affecting Indiansp. 299
Appendix H Selected Internet Sourcesp. 303
Notesp. 307
Glossaryp. 335
Suggested Readingsp. 341
Case Indexp. 345
Subject Indexp. 347