American Indians and National Parks

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Many national parks and monuments tell unique stories of the struggle between the rights of native peoples and the wants of the dominant society. These stories involve our greatest parks—Yosemite, Yellowstone, Mesa Verde, Glacier, the Grand Canyon, Olympic, Everglades—as well as less celebrated parks elsewhere. In American Indians and National Parks, authors Robert Keller and Michael Turek relate these untold tales of conflict and collaboration. American Indians and National Parks details specific relationships ...
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Overview


Many national parks and monuments tell unique stories of the struggle between the rights of native peoples and the wants of the dominant society. These stories involve our greatest parks—Yosemite, Yellowstone, Mesa Verde, Glacier, the Grand Canyon, Olympic, Everglades—as well as less celebrated parks elsewhere. In American Indians and National Parks, authors Robert Keller and Michael Turek relate these untold tales of conflict and collaboration. American Indians and National Parks details specific relationships between native peoples and national parks, including land claims, hunting rights, craft sales, cultural interpretation, sacred sites, disposition of cultural artifacts, entrance fees, dams, tourism promotion, water rights, and assistance to tribal parks. Beginning with a historical account of Yosemite and Yellowstone, American Indians and National Parks reveals how the creation of the two oldest parks affected native peoples and set a pattern for the century to follow. Keller and Turek examine the evolution of federal policies toward land preservation and explore provocative issues surrounding park/Indian relations. When has the National Park Service changed its policies and attitudes toward Indian tribes, and why? How have environmental organizations reacted when native demands, such as those of the Havasupai over land claims in the Grand Canyon, seem to threaten a national park? How has the Park Service dealt with native claims to hunting and fishing rights in Glacier, Olympic, and the Everglades? While investigating such questions, the authors traveled extensively in national parks and conducted over 200 interviews with Native Americans, environmentalists, park rangers, and politicians. They meticulously researched materials in archives and libraries, assembling a rich collection of case studies ranging from the 19th century to the present. In American Indians and National Parks, Keller and Turek tackle a significant and complicated subject for the first time, presenting a balanced and detailed account of the Native-American/national-park drama. This book will prove to be an invaluable resource for policymakers, conservationists, historians, park visitors, and others who are concerned about preserving both cultural and natural resources.
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Selected as one of the best environmental books for 2001 by planeta.com""One of the best overall views of this subject yet se7en. . . . A well-researched and fascinating history detailing the often-tense relationship between American Indian tribal communities and the massive bureaucracy of the National Park Service." —The Public Historian"Former National Parks Director Russell Dickinson once said that he didn't know of 'a single major national park or monument . . . in the western part of the United States that doesn't have some sort of Indian sacred area.' . . . This study by two scholars of Indian cultures argues against 'the stereotypes of Indian-as-ecologist/Indian-as-victim.' " —Washington Post Book World"Almost every chapter was a surprise and an education. . . . This book causes us to reexamine present-day stereotypes, but it is not so much about Indian stereotypes as it is about the National Park Service and environmental stereotypes. We have long held certain values about wildlands in high esteem, sometimes to the exclusion of the rights of native peoples. Fortunately, this is a trend that is reversing, and American Indians & National Parks also seeks to encourage the progress that is being made. . . . It is the accurate appreciation of these histories and optimism for future successes that make this book a must for any professional working on wilderness preservation issues." —Environmental Practice
Alan Tack
...[T]he book will help readers reject the myths and stereotypes that treat Native peoples as "museum pieces" suspended in time and...at the same time, help heighten public awareness of the historical connections between Native people and the land.
Native Peoples
Alan Tack
...[T]he book will help readers reject the myths and stereotypes that treat Native peoples as "museum pieces" suspended in time and...at the same time, help heighten public awareness of the historical connections between Native people and the land. -- Native Peoples
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816520145
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Pages: 319
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Robert H. Keller is a retired professor of history, formerly with Western Washington University, where he taught federal Indian policy and law. He lives in Bellingham.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
1 "A Lucky Compromise": Apostle Islands and the Chippewa 3
2 From Yosemite to Zuni: Parks and Native People, 1864-1994 17
3 The Utes, the Anasazi, and Mesa Verde 30
4 The Blackfeet and Glacier National Park 43
5 Paiutes, Mormons, and Water 65
6 "A Great Pleasure Ground for the Nation" 90
7 "A Natural Wonder Absolutely Unparalleled" 131
8 "The Just and Necessary Protection of the Grand Canyon" 156
9 Navajoland: Sharing the Gift of Changing Woman 185
10 Everglades National Park and the Seminole Problem 216
11 Parks and Indians in America 232
About the Sources 241
Notes 243
Index 309
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