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American Indians and U.S. politics : a companion reader
Meyer, John M.
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Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2002.
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xii, 206 pages ; 24 cm
A peculiar covenant: American Indian peoples and the U.S. Constitution / JeDon A. Emenhiser -- Native American political traditions / Taiaiake Alfred -- Tribal governments / Sharon O'Brien -- "Neither fish, flesh, fowl, nor good red herring": the citizenship status of American Indians, 1830-1924 / Jill E. Martin -- Freedom, law, and prophecy: a brief history of Native American religious resistance / Lee Irwin -- The new Indian politics / Stephen Cornell -- Passing California's proposition 5: the inside story of how the Indian gaming initiative won despite big-time opposition / Richard Maullin -- Bury my heart in committee / David Van Biema -- Ronald Reagan's Indian policy in retrospect: economic crisis and political irony / Samuel R. Cook -- Lost tribes: Native Americans and government anthropologists feud over Indian identity / Peter Beinart -- Let the healing begin: asking for the forgiveness of the Native Americans / Kevin Gover -- "Watch your six": an Indian Nation judge's view of 25 years of Indian law, where we are, and where we are going / Robert Yazzie -- The U.S. Supreme Court's explication of "federal plenary power": an analysis of case law affecting tribal sovereignty, 1886-1914 / David E. Wilkins -- Triangulated power and the environment: tribes, the federal government, and the states / Jace Weaver.
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An examination of the relationship between American Indians and the U.S. political system. It attempts to give a clearer understanding of such contemporary issues as Indian fishing rights and gaming casinos. Aimed at those on introductory government courses, adding a futher perspective.

Author Notes

JOHN M. MEYER is Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and Politics at Humboldt State University, California. He is the author of Political Nature: Environmentalism and the Interpretation of Western Thought (2001).

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Although Native Americans constitute less than one percent of the US population, their polities have a unique, sovereign governmental status. Because they were America's first nations, they have a special relationship with the US. Most Americans know little about Native governments, and this work addresses the need for information on their internal and external affairs. The volume covers 12 topics: constitution; political ideals, traditions, and culture; federalism; citizenship and political participation; civil liberties; groups and interests; campaigns and elections; Congress; presidency; bureaucracy; court system; and policy issues. The authors include well-known academic specialists, journalists, and a few practitioners who share a belief in the legitimacy of Native governments and their importance in the US political system. Editor John Meyer is to be congratulated for preparing a reader that will be a very useful supplement to courses on US government and politics. Recommended for general readers, lower-division undergraduates, and two-year technical program students. G. A. McBeath University of Alaska Fairbanks

Table of Contents

David E. WilkinsJeDon A. EmenhiserTaiaiake AlfredSharon O'BrienJill E. MartinLee IrwinStephen CornellRichard MaullinDavid Van BiemaSamuel R. CookPeter BeinartKevin GoverRobert YazzieDavid E. WilkinsJace Weaver
Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. ix
I. Constitutionp. 1
A Peculiar Covenant: American Indian Peoples and the U.S. Constitutionp. 3
II. Political Ideals, Traditions, Culturep. 13
Native American Political Traditionsp. 15
III. Federalismp. 39
Tribal Governmentsp. 41
IV. Citizenship and Political Participationp. 49
"Neither Fish, Flesh, Fowl, nor Good Red Herring": The Citizenship Status of American Indians, 1830-1924p. 51
V. Civil Libertiesp. 73
Freedom, Law, and Prophecy: A Brief History of Native American Religious Resistancep. 75
VI. Groups and Interestsp. 91
The New Indian Politicsp. 93
VII. Campaigns and Electionsp. 107
Passing California's Proposition 5: The Inside Story of How the Indian Gaming Initiative Won Despite Big-Time Oppositionp. 109
VIII. Congressp. 115
Bury My Heart in Committeep. 117
IX. Presidencyp. 123
Ronald Reagan's Indian Policy in Retrospect: Economic Crisis and Political Ironyp. 125
X. Bureaucracyp. 141
Lost Tribes: Native Americans and Government Anthropologists Feud Over Indian Identityp. 143
Let the Healing Begin: Asking for the Forgiveness of the Native Americansp. 155
XI. Court Systemp. 159
"Watch Your Six": An Indian Nation Judge's View of 25 Years of Indian Law, Where We Are, and Where We Are Goingp. 161
The U.S. Supreme Court's Explication of "Federal Plenary Power": An Analysis of Case Law Affecting Tribal Sovereignty, 1886-1914p. 169
XII. Policy Issuesp. 183
Triangulated Power and the Environment: Tribes, the Federal Government, and the Statesp. 185
For Further Readingp. 195
Indexp. 197
About the Editor and Contributorsp. 205