Treaties With American Indians

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Treaties with American Indians: An Encyclopedia of Rights, Conflicts, and Sovereignty is the first comprehensive introduction to the treaties that promised land, self-government, financial assistance, and cultural protections to many of the over 500 tribes of North America (including Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada). Going well beyond describing terms and conditions, it is the only reference to explore the historical, political, legal, and geographical contexts in which each treaty took shape.

Coverage ranges from the 1778 alliance with the Delaware tribe (the first such treaty), to the landmark Worcester v. Georgia case (1832), which affirmed tribal sovereignty, to the 1871 legislation that ended the treaty process, to the continuing impact of treaties in force today. Alphabetically organized entries cover key individuals, events, laws, court cases, and other topics. Also included are 16 in-depth essays on major issues (Indian and government views of treaty-making, contemporary rights to gaming and repatriation, etc.) plus six essays exploring Native American intertribal relationships region by region.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Any serious Native American collection needs this reference."


Midwest Book Review

"[A] unique reference that should draw serious attention from academic libraries collecting in this area. Larger public libraries might consider it as well."


Against the Grain

"Extraordinary may be overused, but it is the aptest term available to describe this compilation, which belongs in academic and public libraries with clientele interested in Native American matters and is also suited to collections dealing with American studies."


Library Journal

"This impressive set has a place in any academic library that supports a Native American studies or American history curriculum. It also would be useful in public libraries where patrons are interested in the subject. It is the most comprehensive source of information on Canadian-Indian treaties and U.S.-Indian treaties."



"Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers."



"[H]ighly recommended for all undergraduate and school libraries, and public libraries serving interested readers and researchers."


Reference & User Services Quarterly

"The three-volume reference set may initially look like it is a source intended for academic libraries or specialized libraries. I think that a closer look will show it belongs in all high school library media centers as well as middle school and upper elementary schools library media centers where students research native peoples, the states, or American history. Students should not have to wait until they are in college to learn about American government treaties and treatment of Native peoples. . . . An approach undertaken without this comprehensive tool would deny students access to the rich collection of information about treaties with American Indians."



Library Journal

This threevolume encyclopedia, the work of editor Fixico (history, Arizona State Univ.) and more than 100 contributing scholars, is intended as a comprehensive reference tool for anyone interested in American Indian treaties with the United States. Coverage ranges from the 1778 alliance with the Delaware tribe to the continuing impact of treaties presently in force. Volume 1 contains 16 thematic essays providing government and Indian perspectives on such issues as federal policy, Indian removal, and water rights as well as six essays looking at U.S.Indian relations by region. Volume 2 consists of 300 AtoZ entries describing U.S.Indian and CanadianIndian treaties and important treaty sites; these entries often cite primarysource documents. And Volume 3 features a historical chronology, brief biographies of significant individuals, and a section on treatyrelated issues. These volumes, together with several resource pages of tribal names, describe the larger number of Native American treaties and their lengths and complexities. BOTTOM LINEExtraordinary may be overused, but it is the aptest term available to describe this compilation, which belongs in academic and public libraries with clientele interested in Native American matters and is also suited to collections dealing with American studies. A more complete and updated treatment of the subject than Henry F. De Puy's A Bibliography of the English Colonial Treaties with the American Indians(1917). [eISBN 9781576078815]
—Albert Vara

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up- This specialized resource is well organized and clear, and will help students comprehend the tough and often impossible position that American Indians have faced when dealing with the U.S. and Canadian governments. It presents an objective view of how those governments used unfair treaties and deceitful treaty-making procedures to their advantage. The one- to two-page entries, some accompanied by black-and-white photographs or drawings, also explain how current tribal governments use the agreements to require federal governments to honor Indian rights. Related court cases and legislative activity are included. Volume one includes a helpful comparison of how Native American views on treaty making differed from those of the U.S. government; other thematic essays deal with property, water, hunting, and fishing rights; and a chronological review of contracts. The second volume contains information on 413 accords, beginning with the 1684 Treaty of Albany with the Five Nations and ending with the 1999 Nisga'a Final Agreement with the government of Canada. The last volume offers biographies and entries on treaty-related issues such as sovereignty, Indian removal, the Indian New Deal, and nonrecognized tribes. Each volume provides a list of alternate tribal names and spellings, tribal name meanings, treaties by tribe, common treaty names, and a selected bibliography.-Madeleine G. Wright, Laconia High School, NH

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576078808
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Edition description: 3 Volume Set
  • Pages: 1328

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