American Indians and U.S. Politics: A Companion Reader / Edition 1

American Indians and U.S. Politics: A Companion Reader / Edition 1

by John Meyer
     
 

The relationship between American Indians and the U.S. political system is both vitally important and unique. Yet American Indians—as individuals and as tribal nations—typically receive scant attention in introductory courses on American government and politics. This is the only reader on Native America and U.S. politics designed to be incorporated into

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The relationship between American Indians and the U.S. political system is both vitally important and unique. Yet American Indians—as individuals and as tribal nations—typically receive scant attention in introductory courses on American government and politics. This is the only reader on Native America and U.S. politics designed to be incorporated into introductory government courses. It will help students to obtain a clearer understanding of such contemporary issues as Indian fishing rights and gaming casinos and to see topics central to the course—the Constitution, the structure of federalism, citizenship, and civil liberties—from the perspective of groups that have often sought a protected place outside the U.S. polity rather than inclusion within.

Enabling students to compare the American Indian experience with the ideas presented in other course materials, the readings in this book are keyed to the topics most commonly found in the course syllabi. Selected for their insight and accessibility as well as diversity of viewpoints and topics, the essays provide a unique insight into the character of the American political system from the perspective of American Indians, teaching the reader much about both the tribes and the character of politics and government in the U.S. generally.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275972783
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.46(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
IConstitution1
A Peculiar Covenant: American Indian Peoples and the U.S. Constitution3
IIPolitical Ideals, Traditions, Culture13
Native American Political Traditions15
IIIFederalism39
Tribal Governments41
IVCitizenship and Political Participation49
"Neither Fish, Flesh, Fowl, nor Good Red Herring": The Citizenship Status of American Indians, 1830-192451
VCivil Liberties73
Freedom, Law, and Prophecy: A Brief History of Native American Religious Resistance75
VIGroups and Interests91
The New Indian Politics93
VIICampaigns and Elections107
Passing California's Proposition 5: The Inside Story of How the Indian Gaming Initiative Won Despite Big-Time Opposition109
VIIICongress115
Bury My Heart in Committee117
IXPresidency123
Ronald Reagan's Indian Policy in Retrospect: Economic Crisis and Political Irony125
XBureaucracy141
Lost Tribes: Native Americans and Government Anthropologists Feud Over Indian Identity143
Let the Healing Begin: Asking for the Forgiveness of the Native Americans155
XICourt System159
"Watch Your Six": An Indian Nation Judge's View of 25 Years of Indian Law, Where We Are, and Where We Are Going161
The U.S. Supreme Court's Explication of "Federal Plenary Power": An Analysis of Case Law Affecting Tribal Sovereignty, 1886-1914169
XIIPolicy Issues183
Triangulated Power and the Environment: Tribes, the Federal Government, and the States185
For Further Reading195
Index197
About the Editor and Contributors205

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