Native American Issues / Edition 2

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Native American Issues: A Reference Handbook, Second Edition explores the history, problems, and contemporary issues faced by peoples of Native American heritage. From the Indian Removal Act of 1830 to the "Twenty Points" platform advanced by the American Indian Movement in the 1970s to the massive budget cuts of the 1980s, readers will discover how the well-being of Native Americans has been affected by federal and state policies.

Refocusing the first edition's underlying theme of sovereignty to highlight issues related to community, this extensively updated volume addresses the greatest single change in the condition of Native Americans in the last decade—the proliferation of gambling enterprises. Issues such as land claims, use of natural resources, sacred sites, governments, and stereotyping are examined from the perspective of strengthening community.

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"Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers." - Choice

Library Journal
This handbook attempts to add perspective and analysis to the sort of facts already found in several good reference works. In his lenghthy introduction, Thompson (public administration, Univ. of Missouri) discusses indigenous North Americans in the context of an explication of sovereignty and presents gambling's relationship to Native American economic development, an approach not taken in other Native American reference works. A useful chapter collects court cases, legislation, and statistics, and, as in most other works of this sort, an organization directory and annotated bibliography are included. The Points of View section is perhaps the most useful, excerpting the now poignant words of Native leaders in response to two centuries of majority action. This volume's weaknesses include a detailed but sloppily written and uneven chronology and a too-brief glossary that should have included pronunciation. Also, the biographical sketches include Native leaders throughout history but only list opposing European leaders prior to the 20th century. Ultimately, this book tries to do too much and fails. Too broad and not sufficiently deep, it is an imperfect match for the "Contemporary World Issues" series; many pieces do not treat current Native concerns, and in some cases considerable scholarship is needed to separate fact from opinion. Comprehensive collections could consider, but small and medium collections would be better served by the Native North American Almanac (Gale, 1994), a more clearly organized source for much of the ready-reference information covered here. (Preface and index not seen.)Glynys Thomas, Suffolk Univ. Lib., Boston
School Library Journal
Gr 9 UpThis book brings a semblance of order to the highly complex subject of contemporary Native America. A lengthy introductory chapter presents a narrative overview of major issues in the U.S. as well as Canadian Native Americaa welcome addition often overlooked in similar titles. The author includes clear and accurate summaries of such critical topics as land claims, sacred sites, religious freedom, gaming on reservations, political jurisdiction, and water rights. The chronology highlights events affecting Native sovereignty, as do the profiles of Native leaders past and present. Thompson also includes two unique sections that provide additional perspectives on Native issues: one on court cases and legislation, and another that features quotations on sovereignty by both Natives and, uniquely, U.S. presidents. Also provided are directories of federal, state, and Native offices and organizations dealing with Native rights and issues; a bibliography of government reports, reference works, books, and periodicals; and a listing of nonprint and Internet sites. A brief but thoughtful glossary and detailed index round out this useful volume. Highly recommended for all libraries for its contemporary focus, incorporation of Canadian Natives and issues, and clear explanations of an important but largely misunderstood segment of American society.Lisa Mitten, University of Pittsburgh, PA
The major theme is sovereignty, a concept that is defined in the introductory section, with discussion of culture and assimilation; restoration of land claims, and water and other rights; economic development and gambling; political jurisdiction; and Canadian Native Americans. Subsequent sections provide a chronology, biographical sketches of Native leaders, discussion of court cases and legislation, and listings of organizations, and print and nonprint resources. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851097418
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/5/2005
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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