Blood Struggle: The Rise of Modern Indian Nations

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“A stirring history of the tribal sovereignty movement.”—Publishers Weekly
For generations, Indian people suffered a grinding poverty and political and cultural suppression on the reservations. But tenacious and visionary tribal leaders refused to give in. They knew their rights and insisted that the treaties be honored. Against all odds, beginning shortly after World War II, they began to succeed. Blood Struggle explores how Indian tribes took their hard-earned sovereignty and put it to work for Indian peoples ...

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Overview

“A stirring history of the tribal sovereignty movement.”—Publishers Weekly
For generations, Indian people suffered a grinding poverty and political and cultural suppression on the reservations. But tenacious and visionary tribal leaders refused to give in. They knew their rights and insisted that the treaties be honored. Against all odds, beginning shortly after World War II, they began to succeed. Blood Struggle explores how Indian tribes took their hard-earned sovereignty and put it to work for Indian peoples and the perpetuation of Indian culture. This is the story of wrongs righted and noble ideals upheld: the modern tribal sovereignty movement deserves to be spoken of in the same breath as the civil rights, environmental, and women’s movements.

"The story of the extraordinary gains by Indian tribes over the second half of the twentieth century"--Provided by publisher.

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Editorial Reviews

The Oregonian
An impressive and empathetic book.— Jeff Baker
Jeff Baker - The Oregonian
“An impressive and empathetic book.”
John A Murray - Bloomsbury Review
“[Wilkinson is] a sympathetic and insightful authority . . . and a meticulous cultural scholar and author. . . . Blood Struggle is certain to stimulate public discourse on this necessary subject.”
Publishers Weekly
Reservations, long mired in poverty and oppression, have become rallying points for Native American society, according to this stirring history of the tribal sovereignty movement. Energized by the Civil Rights movement's gains and pressing their claims under long-dormant treaties, Indian tribes have taken control of reservation government from an autocratic Bureau of Indian Affairs, regained lost lands, asserted hunting and fishing rights, jump-started reservation economic development and revived Indian languages and culture. Wilkinson (American Indians, Time, and the Law; etc.), formerly an attorney for the Native American Rights Fund and now a law professor at the University of Colorado, ranges widely over the sovereignty movement, emphasizing the court cases-like the Pacific Northwest salmon controversies and the wrangles over reservation gambling-that have expanded tribal rights. His sympathetic treatment extols the movement's success in redressing historic injustices, but sometimes skates too easily over difficulties in squaring ethnically based sovereignty with principles of democracy and equal citizenship. (He cites one reservation on which 50 Indians controlled a tribal government claiming jurisdiction over 3,000 non-Indian residents.) And he sometimes defends Native American prerogatives by invoking a cultural uniqueness-Indians' spiritual connection to the land, for example, may entitle them to "flexibility" in complying with environmental laws-that smacks of essentialism. But the story of the Native American renaissance is an inspiring one, and this book marks a deserving chapter. Photos. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
A former Native American Rights Fund staff attorney, Wilkinson (law, Univ. of Colorado) provides a comprehensive history of Native American sovereignty as a major American civil rights movement. Beginning with the tribal termination period of the 1950s, he reviews major events up to 2002. In discussing Native leaders and their political leadership, Wilkinson has the advantage of claiming many as his personal friends after decades of legal representation and consultation. Treaty rights and the court victories upholding them are examined, along with the role of the American Indian Movement and the impact of casinos on modern reservation economies. The author's previous books (e.g., Message from Frank's Landing) have prepared him for this finely written overview, which pulls together an assortment of events and legal cases into a coherent, understandable history that will appeal to a general audience. Strongly recommended for public and academic libraries.-Nathan E. Bender, Buffalo Bill Historical Ctr., Cody, WY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393328509
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/8/2006
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 298,638
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Wilkinson, the author of twelve books and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Colorado, is a former attorney with the Native American Rights Fund. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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Table of Contents

1 Indian country : August 1953 3
2 The deadening years 27
3 Termination 57
4 The making of a movement 89
5 Leadership on the reservations 113
6 Red power 129
7 The salmon people 150
8 Turning points 177
9 Reclaiming heartlands 206
10 Sovereignty in congress and the courts 241
11 Revitalizing tribal communities 271
12 Stewards of the land 304
13 Casino lights and the quandary of Indian economic progress 329
14 Preserving the old ways 352
Coda : the OUTLOOK 383
App. A State and federally recognized tribes 487
App. B Largest landholding tribes 498
App. C Most populous tribes 499
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2006

    A wonderful book.

    I'm no fan of non-fiction...however, I headed back to college and needed information for a paper. I picked this up and found myself fully abosorbed in the information. Very easily followed, and very informative. A year ago, I would of thought it crazy to be reading a book such as this. The stuggle Native Americans have had to endure in our/THEIR country is massive. Native Americans and the story behind what you hear from high school are not exactly the same when you reach college. I suggest reading this book to help anyone understand just SOME of the struggles!

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