Native American Politics – Legal Issues – Treaties – Policy


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Native American History – Political & Legal

Native American Government Relations Collection

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North American Indians’ Legal Status/Laws Collection

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North American Indian Treaties Collection

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Self-Determination: The Other Path for Native Americans

Anderson, Terry Lee
Stanford University 2006        Dewey Dec.   970.15

“This book compares and contrasts historical and contemporary Canadian and U.S. Native American policy. The contributors include economists, political scientists, and lawyers, who, despite analyzing a number of different groups in several eras, consistently take a political economy approach to the issues. Using this framework, the authors examine the evolution of property rights, from wildlife in pre-Columbian times and the potential for using property rights to resolve contemporary fish and wildlife issues, to the importance of customs and culture to resource use decisions; the competition from states for Native American casino revenues; and the impact of sovereignty on economic development. In each case, the chapters present new data and new ways of thinking about old evidence.” -Publisher

Contents: Introduction / Douglass C. North — False myths and indigenous entrepreneurial strategies / Craig S. Galbraith, Carlos L. Rodriguez, and Curt H. Stiles — Property rights and the buffalo economy of the Great Plains / Bruce L. Benson — Native American property rights in the Hudson Bay Region : a case study of the eighteenth-century Cree / Ann M. Carlos and Frank D. Lewis — A culturally correct proposal to privatize the British Columbia salmon fishery / D. Bruce Johnsen — Customary land rights on Canadian Indian reserves / Thomas Flanagan and Christopher Alcantara — The wealth of Indian nations : economic performance and institutions on reservations / Terry L. Anderson and Dominic P. Parker — Sovereignty can be a liability : how tribes can mitigate the sovereign’s paradox / David D. Haddock and Robert J. Miller — Indian casinos : another tragedy of the commons / Ronald N. Johnson — “Doing business with the devil” : land, sovereignty and corporate partnerships in Membertou, Inc. / Jacquelyn Thayer Scott — Indian property rights and American federalism / James L. Huffman and Robert J. Miller.

American Indian Policy and American Reform

Bolt, Christine
Allen & Unwin 1987        Dewey Dec.   970.15

“This study explores key aspects of American Indian policy and reform in the context of American ethnic problems and traditions of reform. Case studies are included to illustrate areas of conflict and consensus. It is designed for students of American history, minority history or race relations.” -Publisher

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Indian Land Cessions in the United States

Eighteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1896-’97, Part II

Bureau of American Ethnology
Government Printing Office 1899        Dewey Dec.    970.15

After a narration of the policies of colonial powers, American colonies and the U.S. toward the Indians, there is a “Schedule of Treaties”, in table form, describing the land tracts acquired by treaty. Following that is a collection of large color maps showing the locations of all those tracts of land acquired from Native Americans.

Contents: Introduction – Right to the soil dependent on discovery – Foreign policy toward the Indians – The Spanish policy – The French policy – The English policy – Colonial policy toward the Indians – The policy in general – Virginia – Maryland – New York – New Jersey – Pennsylvania – Massachusetts – Connecticut – Rhode Island – North Carolina – South Carolina – Georgia – New Hampshire and Delaware – Policy of the United states – Schedule of treaties and acts of Congress authorizing allotments of land in severalty – Schedule of land cessions – List of Maps (maps of states or parts of states where land was acquired by treaty)

Readings in American Indian Law: Recalling the Rhythm of Survival

Carrillo, Jo
Temple University 1998        Dewey Dec.   970.15

“This selection of works — many by Native American scholars — introduces selected topics in federal Indian law. Readings in American Indian Law covers contemporary issues of identity and tribal recognition; reparations for historic harms; the valuation of land in land claims; the return to tribal owners of human remains, sacred items, and cultural property; tribal governance and issues of gender, democracy informed by cultural awareness, and religious freedom. Courses in federal Indian law are often aimed at understanding rules, not cultural conflicts. This book expands doctrinal discussions into understandings of culture, strategy, history, identity, and hopes for the future. Contributions from law, history, anthropology, ethnohistory, biography, sociology, socio-legal studies, and fiction offer an array of alternative paradigms as strong antidotes to our usual conceptions of federal Indian law. Each selection reveals an aspect of how federal Indian law is made, interpreted, implemented, or experienced. Throughout, the book centers on the ever present and contentious issue of identity. At the point where identity and law intersect lies an important new way to contextualize the legal concerns of Native Americans.” -Publisher

A Seat at the Table: Huston Smith in conversation with Native Americans on Religious Freedom

Cousineau, Phil, ed.
University of California 2006        Dewey Dec.   970.15

“In this collection of illuminating conversations, renowned historian of world religions Huston Smith invites ten influential American Indian spiritual and political leaders to talk about their five-hundred-year struggle for religious freedom. Their intimate, impassioned dialogues yield profound insights into one of the most striking cases of tragic irony in history: the country that prides itself on religious freedom has resolutely denied those same rights to its own indigenous people. With remarkable erudition and curiosity–and respectfully framing his questions in light of the revelation that his discovery of Native American religion helped him round out his views of the world’s religions–Smith skillfully helps reveal the depth of the speakers’ knowledge and experience.” -Publisher

National Congress of American Indians: The Founding Years

Cowger, Thomas
University of Nebraska 2001        Dewey Dec.   970.15

“Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is one of the most important intertribal political organizations of the twentieth century. It has played a crucial role in stimulating Native political awareness and activism, providing a forum for debates on vital issues affecting reservations and tribes, overseeing litigation efforts, and organizing lobbying activities in Washington… This is the first full-length history of the NCAI. Drawing upon newly available ncai records and oral interviews with founding members, Thomas W. Cowger tells the story of the founding and critical first two decades of this important organization.” -Publisher

American Indian Policy in the Twentieth Century

Deloria, Vine Jr., ed.
University of Oklahoma 1985        Dewey Dec.   970.15

Contains 11 essays on Federal Indian policy.

Contents: American Indian policy: an overview / Joyotpaul Chaudhuri — Federal Indian policies and the international protection of human rights / Sharon O’Brien — Deception of geography / Fred L. Ragsdale, Jr. — United States and American Indians: political relations / Michael G. Lacy — Indian voting / Daniel McCool — Crisis in tribal government / Tom Holm — Cultural values and economic development on reservations / David L. Vinje — Bureau of Indian Affairs influence on Indian self-determination / Robert A. Nelson and Joseph F. Sheley — Supreme Court and Indian water rights / Mary Wallace — Indians and the First Amendment / John Petoskey — Evolution of federal Indian policy making / Vine Deloria, Jr.

Selected Articles from a Century Ago on Political & Social Issues

As Long as this Land Shall Last: A History of Treaty 8 and Treaty 11, 1870-1939

Fumoleau, Renel
McClelland and Stewart 1973        Dewey Dec.   970.15

“A historically accurate study that takes no sides, this book is the first complete document of Treaties 8 and 11 between the Canadian government and the Native people at the turn of the nineteenth century. On the basis of those treaties, contested in the Mackenzie Pipeline debate, white fur-traders, trappers, and corporations gave themselves privileges of ownership with no regard to the Native claim and to the promise made to the Natives that they could live and hunt there “as long as the sun rises, as long as the river flows, as long as this land shall last.” Historian René Fumoleau has delved into church and government sources to afford a clear picture of the negotiations for the treaties beginning in 1870 and their aftermath up to 1939.” -Publisher

United States – Comanche Relations: The Reservation Years

Hagan, William T.
Yale University 1976        Dewey Dec.   970.15

“The Story of the Comanches, 1867—1906, is an account of the transformation of a proud and fiercely independent people into apathetic wards of the United States. Archetypal nomads, the Comanches resisted white settlement with
stubborn resistance and challenged assimilationist policy with perhaps more determination than did any other tribe. Through misunderstanding on the part of the Indians, unscrupulous manipulation on the part of whites, and unwitting disregard born of the push of settlement, the Comanches were consigned to a reservation that offered an uncertain future. Hunters and warriors were asked to become farmers and stockmen and to live exemplary lives according to standards of a different culture.” -Book jacket

A Century of Dishonor

A Sketch of the United States Government’s Dealings with Some of the Indian Tribes

Jackson, Helen
Roberts 1888        Dewey Dec.   970.15

“Originally published over 100 years ago, A Century of Dishonor is Helen Jackson’s eye-opening sketch of the US government’s often shameful mishandling of what was called the ‘Indian problem’. Using official documents, Jackson asserts that the government and citizens of the United States were the cause of the ‘problems’ and not the Native peoples. Broken treaties, inhuman treatment, restricted to reservations unfit for habitation or traditional lifestyles; all of these actions were taken against Indian tribes by a government that treated them with less consideration and compassion than that of a foreign country.” -Publisher

Contents: The Delawares – The Cheyennes – The Nez Perces – The Sioux – The Poncas – The Winnebagoes – The Cherokees – Massacres of Indians by whites – The Conestoga Massacre – The Gnadenhutten Massacre – Massacres of Apaches

The Indian and his Problem

Leup, Francis E.
Scribner’s Sons1910        Dewey Dec.   970.15

An authoritative and unbiased work which contains an appreciation of Indian character, a review of past government dealings with the Indian, and suggestions for future policies. The author was at one time Commissioner of Indian affairs. -A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Rights of Indians and Tribes: The Basic ACLU Guide to Indian and Tribal Rights

Pevar, Stephen L.
Southern Illinois University 1992        Dewey Dec.   970.15

A guide in a question-and-answer format, setting forth Native American rights under the present law and offering suggestions on how they can be protected.

Contents: A history of federal Indian policy — Definitions: “Indian,” “Indian tribe,” “Indian country,” “and “Indian title” — The trust responsibility — Indian treaties — Federal power over Indian affairs — Tribal self-government — State power over Indian affairs — Criminal jurisdiction in Indian country — Civil jurisdiction in Indian country — Taxation — Hunting, fishing, and gathering rights — Indian water rights — Civil rights of Indians — The Indian Civil Rights Act — The special status of certain Indian groups — Government services to Indians — The Indian Child Welfare Act — Judicial review.

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The Great Father: the United States Government and the American Indians

Prucha, Francis P.
University of Nebraska 1984        Dewey Dec.   970.15

“The author’s detailed analysis of two centuries of federal policy makes ‘The Great Father’ indispensable reading for anyone interested in understanding the complexities of American Indian policy.” – Journal of American History.
“Written in an engaging fashion, encompassing an extraordinary range of material, devoting attention to themes as well as to chronological narration, and presenting a wealth of bibliographical information, it is an essential text for all students and scholars of American Indian history and anthropology.” – Oregon Historical Quarterly.
“A monumental endeavor, rigorously researched and carefully written… It will remain for decades as an indispensable reference tool and a compendium of knowledge pertaining to United States-Indian relations.” – Western Historical Quarterly.

Ghost Dancing the Law: The Wounded Knee Trials

Sayer, John William
Harvard University 1997        Dewey Dec.   970.15

“After the siege ended at Wounded Knee the real battle had yet to be fought. The 1973 standoff in South Dakota between Oglala Lakota Indians and federal lawmen led to the criminal prosecution of American Indian Movement leaders Dennis Banks and Russell Means. The ten month trial had all the earmarks of a political tribunal; with the defense led by William Kunstler and the prosecution backed by the Nixon administration, it became a media battle for public opinion. This first book-length study of the Wounded Knee trials demonstrates the impact that legal institutions and the media have on political dissent. It also shows how the dissenters as defendants can influence these institutions and the surrounding political and cultural climate.” -Publisher

Alternative to Extinction: Federal Indian Policy and the Beginnings of the Reservation System, 1846-51

Trennert, Robert A.
Temple University 1975        Dewey Dec.   970.15

“The tragic move to place the Indian tribes on reservations after the Civil War—and the accompanying segregation, impoverishment and callous mistreatment—has been well told by historians. But, how the reservation concept evolved from a policy motivated by considerable idealism is the subject of this unique, thought-provoking study.” -Book jacket

Contents: The barrier and the Indian — William Medill and Federal Indian policy, 1845-48 — Toward a reservation system: Whig Indian policy, 1849-51 — Reservations or removal: Texas and the government — Military and civilian policy: New Mexico, 1846-52 — Across the emigrant’s path: the border tribes — End of the Indian barrier: the central plains — Epilogue.

Blood of the Land: The Government and Corporate War Against the American Indian Movement

Weyler, Rex
Everest House 1982        Dewey Dec.   970.15

“This classic and accessible history of the American Indian Movement details an important part of Native peoples’ continuing struggles against corporate and governmental development interests. Blood of the Land is a powerful reminder that we can only ignore environmental, social justice and spiritual issues at our – and the Earth’s – peril.” -Publisher


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