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American Indian Nations takes stock of Indian history, policy, and culture over the past 30 years. A distinctive contribution to the understanding and interpretation of current Indian affairs, policies, and community development, this dynamic commentary of contemporary issues brings together a Who's Who of tribal leaders, scholars, and activists. No other collection offers such a thought-provoking and utterly current series of essays on the problems and achievements of modern Native peoples.
About the Author
Table of Contents1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Opening Keynote: Activating Indians into National Politics
Chapter 3 American Indian Identity
Chapter 4 Activism: Time to Change: Native American References in Sports
Chapter 5 What's in a Label? Native American Identity and the Rise of a Tradition of Racism
Chapter 6 Tribal Nationalism: The Concept of a Governmental Recognition of Tribes and the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe
Chapter 7 The Chinook Nation and Its Struggle for Federal Recognition
Chapter 8 An Overview of Indian Populations
Chapter 9 Art and Expression
Chapter 10 Native Art
Chapter 11 Challenges in Managing Culturally Sensitive Collections at the National Museum of the American Indian
Chapter 12 Repatriation in the 21st Century: Art We Still Fighting the Skull Wars?
Chapter 13 Today's American Indian Tribes and Their Museums
Chapter 14 Education
Chapter 15 Indian Education: State and Federal
Chapter 16 What Can Universities Contribute to Indigenous Language Immersion Programs? :A Case Study from Southern California
Chapter 17 Language Immersion: The American View
Chapter 18 Since Lewis and Clark: Are Tribal Colleges Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century
Chapter 19 American Indian Issues for the Next Fifty Years
Chapter 20 The Rise and Fall of Native American Studies in the United States
Chapter 21 Media
Chapter 22 Getting Coverage in the Mainstream Press
Chapter 23 Indian Country Today: Your Newspaper
Chapter 24 Politics and Law
Chapter 25 Voting Rights in Indian Country
Chapter 26 Federal Indian Policy in the 21st Century
Chapter 27 An Overview and Patterns in Federal Indian Law
Chapter 28 The Environment and Land
Chapter 29 As Long as the Water Flows: A Century of Blackfeet Water Lost from the St. Mary Canal and the Milk River Drainage
Chapter 30 How the Land Was Taken: The Legacy of the Lewis and Clark Expedition for Native Nations
Chapter 31 Concluding Keynote: From Battlefields to Boardrooms: A Rich Complexity of Enduring Pride and New Achievements
What People are Saying About This
This collection is a valuable compendium of historical background and contemporary perspectives on a very wide spectrum of issues and topics of concern to American Indians from an illustrious assembly of Native and other scholars and thinkers in 21st century Indian affairs. It is very pleasant, easy but immensely informative reading. This volume should be read cover to cover by anyone claiming an interest in North American Indians, past or present.
In the age of Native political resurgence, American Indian Nations: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow brings together important Native voices to better understand the past and to more fully grasp the meaning of today’s events, so we can more appropriately fulfill the visions of tomorrow. This book throws valuable light on important contemporary issues of American Indian nations, from identity to art and expression, from education to media, and from politics and law to environment and land. It highlights significant recent achievements of American Indians and serves as a must-read for those that view American Indian culture, history, policy, and peoples as frontiers of thought.