American Indian Politics and the American Political System / Edition 3

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Overview

Now in its third edition, American Indian Politics and the American Political System is the most comprehensive study written from a political science perspective that analyzes the structures and functions of indigenous governments (including Alaskan Native communities and Hawaiian Natives) and the distinctive legal and political rights these nations exercise internally, while also examining the fascinating intergovernmental relationship that exists between native nations, the states, and the federal government.

The third edition contains a number of important modifications. First, it is now coauthored by Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark, who brings a spirited new voice to the study. Second, it contains ample discussion of how President Obama's election has altered the dynamics of Indian Country politics and law. Third, it contains more discussion of women's issues, several new vignettes, an updated timeline, new photographs, and updated charts, tables, and figures.

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The first two editions of American Indian Politics and the American Political System were perhaps the best works available on the topic. They offered comprehensive coverage of topics ranging from the history of federal policy and tribal political economy to the various political actors and use of the media, were written in a manner that made sense of a difficult topic, and were extremely accessible. The third edition promises even better coverage and perspective with the addition of coauthor Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark….[T]here are relatively few changes from the first two editions, but they are important. The most notable change is merely the updating of information. American Indian politics/policy operates in a rapidly evolving and changing environment, making an update necessary. The book also differs in that the coauthor is able to introduce a different perspective, primarily in issues pertaining to Native women. Overall, the structure and topics covered remain essentially the same, which is good. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers, undergraduate students, and graduate students.
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The first two editions of American Indian Politics and the American Political System were perhaps the best works available on the topic. They offered comprehensive coverage of topics ranging from the history of federal policy and tribal political economy to the various political actors and use of the media, were written in a manner that made sense of a difficult topic, and were extremely accessible. The third edition promises even better coverage and perspective with the addition of coauthor Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark….[T]here are relatively few changes from the first two editions, but they are important. The most notable change is merely the updating of information. American Indian politics/policy operates in a rapidly evolving and changing environment, making an update necessary. The book also differs in that the coauthor is able to introduce a different perspective, primarily in issues pertaining to Native women. Overall, the structure and topics covered remain essentially the same, which is good. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers, undergraduate students, and graduate students.
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Meet the Author

David E. Wilkins is McKnight Presidential Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark is assistant professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota at Duluth.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Photographs vii

List of Tables ix

List of Acronyms xi

Preface to the Third Edition xiii

Note on Terminology xvii

Timeline of American Indian Peoples: All Nations and Regions xix

Introduction xxvii

1 A Tour of Native Peoples and Native Lands 1

2 Indigenous Peoples Are Nations, Not Minorities 33

3 Indigenous Governments: Past, Present, and Future 51

The Iroquois Confederacy: A Case Study 54

The Cherokee: A Case Study 60

The Ft. Peck Reservation's General Council: A Case Study 69

The Navajo Nation's President: A Case Study 70

The Crow Tribal Court: A Case Study 70

4 Actors in Native Politics 83

Traffic Safety on Native Land: A Case Study 116

Northwest Tribes and the State of Washington: A Case Study 118

5 A History of Federal Indian Policy 121

6 Tribal Political Economy 135

The Mashantucket Pequot: A Case Study 146

7 Indigenous Political Participation: Patriotism, Suffrage, and Partisanship 165

8 Native Interest Group Activity and Activism 189

9 Native Peoples, Images, and the Media 211

10 Indigenous Nations and the American Political System 229

Appendix A 1778 Delaware-U.S. Treaty 241

Appendix B Talton v. Mayes (1896) 245

Appendix C Constitution and Bylaws of the Pueblo of Santa Clara, New Mexico 253

Appendix D Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies 263

Appendix E Major Congressional Law Affecting Indians 265

Appendix F Selected Internet Resources 271

Notes 275

Glossary 307

Suggested Readings 315

Case Index 319

Subject Index 321

About the Authors 339

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