American Indian Politics and the American Political System

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-10-16
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Now in its third edition, American Indian Politics is the most comprehensive study written from a political science perspective that analyzes the structures and functions of indigenous governments (including Alaskan Native communities and Hawaiian Natives) and the distinctive legal and political rights these nations exercise internally, while also examining the fascinating intergovernmental relationship that exists between native nations, the states, and the federal government. The third edition contains a number of important modifications. First, it is now co-authored by Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark, who brings a spirited new voice to the study. Second, it contains ample discussion of how President ObamaOs election has altered the dynamics of Indian Country politics and law. Third, it contains several new vignettes, an updated timeline, more discussion of native womenOs issues, new photographs, and updated charts, tables, and figures.

Author Biography

David E. Wilkins is McKnight Presidential Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark is assistant professor in the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota at Duluth.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Photographsp. vii
List of Tablesp. ix
List of Acronymsp. xi
Preface to the Third Editionp. xiii
Note on Terminologyp. xvii
Timeline of American Indian Peoples: All Nations and Regionsp. xix
Introductionp. xxvii
A Tour of Native Peoples and Native Landsp. 1
Indigenous Peoples Are Nations, Not Minoritiesp. 33
Indigenous Governments: Past, Present, and Futurep. 51
The Iroquois Confederacy: A Case Studyp. 54
The Cherokee: A Case Studyp. 60
The Ft. Peck Reservation's General Council: A Case Studyp. 69
The Navajo Nation's President: A Case Studyp. 70
The Crow Tribal Court: A Case Studyp. 70
Actors in Native Politicsp. 83
Traffic Safety on Native Land: A Case Studyp. 116
Northwest Tribes and the State of Washington: A Case Studyp. 118
A History of Federal Indian Policyp. 121
Tribal Political Economyp. 135
The Mashantucket Pequot: A Case Studyp. 146
Indigenous Political Participation: Patriotism, Suffrage, and Partisanshipp. 165
Native Interest Group Activity and Activismp. 189
Native Peoples, Images, and the Mediap. 211
Indigenous Nations and the American Political Systemp. 229
1778 Delaware-U.S. Treatyp. 241
Talton v. Mayes (1896)p. 245
Constitution and Bylaws of the Pueblo of Santa Clara, New Mexicop. 253
Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agenciesp. 263
Major Congressional Law Affecting Indiansp. 265
Selected Internet Resourcesp. 271
Notesp. 275
Glossaryp. 307
Suggested Readingsp. 315
Case Indexp. 319
Subject Indexp. 321
About the Authorsp. 339
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