Enduring Legacies: Native American Treaties and Contemporary Controversies

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $8.29
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 86%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (12) from $8.29   
  • New (2) from $73.43   
  • Used (10) from $8.29   


Treaties are so fundamental to the lives of Native Americans and their nations in the United States and Canada that life without them would be difficult to imagine. Most contemporary issues, from land claims to resource ownership to gambling permits, are rooted in laws that derive much of their sustenance from such documents. Treaties are, therefore, vibrant documents that define important issues in our time. This book is an attempt to maintain a national conversation on the treaty basis of important contemporary laws and issues. While the texts of such treaties have long been available, discussion and other annotation in a context that gives them contemporary meaning has been scarce.

This collection of essays by experts in Native American history examines these historic agreements in light of recent and ongoing controversies. Claims to ancestral land bases are one prime example: the Canandaigua Treaty of 1794 provides a context in which to address the Onondaga's claim to most of the Syracuse urban area. Treaties provide the bases for events such as the modern-day rebirth of the Ponca Nation in Nebraska more than a century after a bureaucratic error resulted in banishment from ancestral land. One chapter explores why the U.S. Army still officially regards tragic events at Wounded Knee in December 1890 as a battle, rather than a massacre. Another reveals how treaties and laws have been used to retain and regain gas and oil resource ownership. Still another expert examines why so much energy has been expended over the fate of 9,300- year-old bones that have come to be called Kennewick Man.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Most of the 11 case studies presented here focus on the present-day legacy of treaties negotiated more than a century ago. Unfortunately, the quality of the studies varies greatly. Barbara Alice Mann's excellent study of the Greenville Treaty of 1795 sheds light on the dubious manner in which the U.S. government "negotiated" a treaty that subsequently became the model throughout the continent. In contrast, editor Johansen's (communication & Native American studies, Univ. of Nebraska) superficial and decidedly imbalanced examination of legal issues surrounding Kennewick Man dwells on sideshow issues, such as the dubious claims of the Odin-worshiping Asatr Folk Assembly, to legitimize the claims of various native groups to the 9300-year-old skeleton. At the same time, he largely dismisses legal claims made by leading anthropologists who wish to study the remains. By minimizing the greater issues, he fails to dissect the legal arguments that allow these scientists to keep winning in court, even though these arguments stand to undermine the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) drastically. Despite its weaknesses, this work has enough good material to recommend it to academic and public libraries. John Burch, Campbellsville Univ. Lib., KY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313321047
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2004
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,016,328
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

BRUCE E. JOHANSEN is Professor of Communication and Native American Studies at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. He is the author of numerous works including The Global Warming Desk Reference (2001).

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

1 The "lobster war," the Marshal decision, and emerging Canadian first nations' treaty rights 1
2 Sovereign municipalities? : twenty years after the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980 25
3 The Treaty of Canandaigua (1794) : past and present 45
4 The Iroquois land claims : a legacy of fraud, politics, and dispossession 81
5 The New York Oneidas : a business called a nation 95
6 The Greenville Treaty of 1795 : pen-and-ink witchcraft in the struggle for the Old Northwest 135
7 Rebirth of the Osni (Northern) Ponca 203
8 Wounded Knee, 1890 : battle or massacre : a treaty context 251
9 How the Osages kept their oil 271
10 Kennewick Man : the facts, the fantasies, and the stakes 283
11 The new terminators : a guide to the antitreaty movement 305
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)