Encyclopedia of American Indian Civil Rights

Overview

Individual demands for equality and civil rights are central themes in U.S. history and American Indian people are no exception. They have had to deal with white racism and its expression in local and national political institutions while trying to define the rights of individual Indians vis-á-vis their own tribal governments. The struggle has made their civil rights movement unique. This encyclopedia, designed to meet the curriculum needs of high school and college students, provides the most comprehensive, ...

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Overview

Individual demands for equality and civil rights are central themes in U.S. history and American Indian people are no exception. They have had to deal with white racism and its expression in local and national political institutions while trying to define the rights of individual Indians vis-á-vis their own tribal governments. The struggle has made their civil rights movement unique. This encyclopedia, designed to meet the curriculum needs of high school and college students, provides the most comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of American Indian civil rights issues. More than 600 entries cover a variety of perspectives, issues, individuals, incidents, and court cases central to an understanding of the history of civil rights among American Indian peoples. The issue is a complicated one, expanding over a period of more than a century.

The history of American Indian civil rights can be traced not only in the courts and the federal legislation, but on the battlefield where a number of civil rights protests have been fought. This encyclopedia clarifies the complicated history of individual rights, water rights, land rights, and other issues in American Indian civil rights. It is thoroughly cross-referenced for ease of use in tracing any particular issue or incident. Each entry is followed by a list of works for further reading on the topic. An appendix of entries on landmark court cases is organized by issue. A selection of photos complements the text. This work is a one-stop source for up-to-date information on all aspects of American Indian civil rights and is essential for high school, public, and university libraries.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"As part of the continuing spate of reference literature on the American Indian, this encyclopedia provides informative, up-to-date access to issues of equality and civil rights. More than 600 entries ranging in length from a paragraph to several pages cover individuals, organizations, court cases, legislation, events, and the like. . . . [I]ts dictionary format is very easy to use."

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Choice

"This is a quality resource that will be welcomed by school and public libraries, especially in areas where there is an interest in native American history."

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VOYA

"[Contains] clear, informative articles that explain the significance of laws, events, court cases, policy initiatives, treaties, organizations, bureaucrats, politicians, rights advocates, and other matters relevant to the evolving codification and enforcement of Indians' civil rights. Those matters include the policies of pre-United States colonial pwers towards Indians, education, mineral rights, and pan-Indianism….Reference shelves sag beneath books that summarize the histories of North American Indian tribes; but, until now, they lacked a source that focused on the significant topic of Indians' civil rights."

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Rettig on Reference

"A brief chronology, a list of major Indian civil rights court cases organized by topic, a bibliography, and an index make this well-organized volume a recommended purchase for public and academic libraries."

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MultiCultural Review

VOYA - Paula Lacey
The American Indian civil rights movement came to the fore in the late 1960s, bringing an interest in native American political history. This new encyclopedia, developed especially for high school and college students, presents issues, individuals, court cases, and laws dealing with American Indian civil rights. There are more than six hundred alphabetical entries ranging from one paragraph to two pages in length. Each entry is signed and concludes with a list of suggested readings. Court cases and laws are put into context and clearly explained. Controversial issues such as alcohol, peyote, hunting rights, gambling, and adoption programs are approached fairly, but bluntly. For instance, adoption programs intended to remove Indian children from their unstable families are referred to as "misguided federal educational and social policies [that] only made matters worse." The alphabetical arrangement makes use easy, and access is increased by an excellent cross-referencing system, an index, an appendix of major court cases, and a chronology of landmarks in the history of American Indian civil rights. This is a quality resource that will be welcomed by school and public libraries, especially in areas where there is an interest in native American history. Index. Photos. Biblio. Further Reading. Chronology. Appendix.
Booknews
A reference for high-school and college students to the struggle for equality and civil rights by Native Americans in the US. Discusses concepts, issues, individuals, incidents, and court cases. Also includes a chronology from 1781 to 1996, an introduction summarizing eras of the struggle, and a list of the US Supreme Court cases under such headings as citizenship and religious freedom. Each of the more than 600 entries includes a list of suggested reading. Well cross-referenced. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313293382
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Pages: 448
  • Lexile: 1270L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES S. OLSON is Distinguished Professor of History at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

MARK BAXTER is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

JASON TETZLOFF is Assistant Professor of History at Purdue University, where he specializes in the history of the American west.

DARREN PIERSON is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at Texas A&M University at College Station.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Major Landmarks in the History of American Indian Civil Rights

The Encyclopedia

Appendix: Major Indian Civil Rights Court Cases

Select Bibliography

Index

About the Editors and Contributors

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