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Some misconceptions arise from mistaken claims that pass as fact, such as the notion that the U.S. Constitution derived some of its concepts from the Iroquois. The misuse of terms such as genocide and paternalism has also obscured the experience of individual Indian nations or dulled perceptions about Anglo-American avarice. The tribal sovereignty guaranteed by treaties and, at the same time, Native Americans' United States citizenship have confused many who assume Indians receive special privileges.
Throughout the book, emphasis is given to Native Americans in the East, where a quarter of all Indians live today. Hauptman's knowledgeable and provocative analysis strips away wrong notions and replaces them with new insights and perspectives.
|3||Speculations on the Constitution||27|
|4||The Missionary from Hell||39|
|8||There Are No Indians East of the Mississippi||93|
|9||Warriors With Attache Cases||109|