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

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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: 2/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

I Constitution 1
A Peculiar Covenant: American Indian Peoples and the U.S. Constitution 3
II Political Ideals, Traditions, Culture 13
Native American Political Traditions 15
III Federalism 39
Tribal Governments 41
IV Citizenship and Political Participation 49
"Neither Fish, Flesh, Fowl, nor Good Red Herring": The Citizenship Status of American Indians, 1830-1924 51
V Civil Liberties 73
Freedom, Law, and Prophecy: A Brief History of Native American Religious Resistance 75
VI Groups and Interests 91
The New Indian Politics 93
VII Campaigns and Elections 107
Passing California's Proposition 5: The Inside Story of How the Indian Gaming Initiative Won Despite Big-Time Opposition 109
VIII Congress 115
Bury My Heart in Committee 117
IX Presidency 123
Ronald Reagan's Indian Policy in Retrospect: Economic Crisis and Political Irony 125
X Bureaucracy 141
Lost Tribes: Native Americans and Government Anthropologists Feud Over Indian Identity 143
Let the Healing Begin: Asking for the Forgiveness of the Native Americans 155
XI Court System 159
"Watch Your Six": An Indian Nation Judge's View of 25 Years of Indian Law, Where We Are, and Where We Are Going 161
The U.S. Supreme Court's Explication of "Federal Plenary Power": An Analysis of Case Law Affecting Tribal Sovereignty, 1886-1914 169
XII Policy Issues 183
Triangulated Power and the Environment: Tribes, the Federal Government, and the States 185
For Further Reading 195
Index 197
About the Editor and Contributors 205
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