The Plains Indians of the 20th Century

The Plains Indians of the 20th Century

by Peter J. Iverson
     
 

The massacre at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in the December snows of 1890 was the last formal military encounter between the United States and Indian tribes. It is also the event with which most studies of Indian history conclude. Histories of Indian life since then are, as Vine Deloria, Jr., has stressed, sorely needed.

With this pioneering anthology Peter

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The massacre at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in the December snows of 1890 was the last formal military encounter between the United States and Indian tribes. It is also the event with which most studies of Indian history conclude. Histories of Indian life since then are, as Vine Deloria, Jr., has stressed, sorely needed.

With this pioneering anthology Peter Iverson clears the way for future studies of twentieth-century Plains Indian life. He begins with a capsule history and introduces eleven articles by leading scholars in the field. Iverson’s collection emphasizes the ability of Plains Indians to change, adapt, and yet maintain tribal identity despite inordinate demands on their lands and cultures.

The collection includes articles on the Lone Wolf case and Quanah Parker, by William T. Hagan; Cheyenne-Arapaho land allotment, by Donald J. Berthrong; Sioux adaptation to reservation life, by Frederick E. Hoxie; the Winters decision on water rights, by Norris Hundley, Jr.; interviews on the "Indian New Deal," conducted by Joseph H. Cash and Herbert T. Hoover; Indians in World War II, by Tom Holm; the Pick-Sloan Plan, by Michael L. Lawson; tribal political authority, by Loretta Fowler; mineral resources on Indian land, by Donald L. Fixico; and Indian constitutional rights and religious freedom, by Vine Deloria, Jr. The collection concludes with a study of Northern Cheyenne religion by Father Peter J. Powell, who demonstrates that there is power still untapped for the strange new days that lie ahead for Plains Indians.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Contending that most scholars concentrate on pre-20th-century Indian history, Iverson has collected 11 articles that deal with post-frontier problems of Plains Indian tribes. They cover topics from water and mineral rights to the Indian New Deal, World War II volunteers, and religion. Although no ground-breaking research is included here, and only one article was written for this volume, Iverson has drawn together an excellent sample of the best work from 1969-83 in a succinct compilation. Recommended for academic libraries. Susan Hamburger, Florida State Univ. Lib., Tallahassee

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806118666
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
11/01/1985
Pages:
267

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