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Native Americans Late 20th & 21st Centuries

America is Indian Country: Opinions and Perspectives from ‘Indian Country Today’

Barreiro, Jose & Tim Johnson
Fulcrum 2005 Dewey Dec. 970.14

“The best articles, Op-Ed pieces, and political cartoons from the renowned newspaper Indian Country Today offer an unparalleled American Indian perspective on important world issues.” -Publisher. Each of the ten chapters has several editorials and ‘perspectives’.

Contents: Indian sovereignty is good for America – Nation building is key – Tribal nations and American justice – Tribal nations in the body politic – In the media eye – Hemispheric indigenous: The Americas – Global tribal: The world, war, and terrorism – Living on Mother Earth – Indian life in the Americas – Appreciations and remembrances

Indian Gaming

Kallen, Stuart A.
Greenhaven 2006 Dewey Dec. 970.14

The At Issue series includes a wide range of opinion on a single controversial issue. Each volume includes both primary and secondary sources from a variety of perspectives — eyewitnesses, scientific journals, government officials and many others. Extensive bibliographies and annotated lists of relevant organizations to contact offer a gateway to further research.

Contents: Gaming provides many benefits to Native American communities / Walking Antelope — Most Native Americans have not profited from gaming / Jacob Coin — Casinos help Indians achieve the American Dream / J. David Tovey Jr. — Casino riches have been managed wisely by the Choctaw / WBUR — Sudden casino wealth has both benefited and harmed California’s Chumash Tribe / Glenn F. Bunting — Tribes have traded sovereignty rights for casino profits / Tim Giago — Tribes abuse their sovereign status to avoid government regulation / Jan Golab — Indian casinos have no obligation to share profits with the government — Gaming tribes and states need to work together to help all citizens / Susan Masten — Indian casinos lead to gambling addiction / Candi Cushman — Indian gaming offers a therapeutic escape to many senior citizens / Dave McKibben — Casinos hurt local businesses / Jonathan Krutz — Indian casinos generate crime and corruption / Clara NiiSka — Christian activists are fighting to stop the creation of more Indian casinos / John W. Kennedy — Anti-casino groups threaten tribal economics / Tom Wanamaker — Many Indian gaming opponents are biased against Native Americans / Zoltan Grossman and Debra McNutt

A Student’s Guide to Native American Genealogy

Kavasch, E. Barrie
Oryx 1996 Dewey Dec. 970.14

Discusses Native American history and culture with specific instructions for researching Native American family history.

Contents: Grandmother Spider’s tangled web – Why trace your roots? – Celebrating heritage and diversity – A deeper sense of history – Tracing your family tree – Genealogical records and research – Native American records and documents – Preserving what you find

American Indian Today

Levine, Stuart and Lurie, Nancy O., eds.
Penguin 1970 Dewey Dec. 970.14

“This book should provide, first, some basic information about Indian history and Indian relationships with our government and its colonial predecessors; second, introductions to specific problems which face Indian people today; and third, several examples, case histories, if you will, of the situation in specific places around the nation…. It should give even the general reader a good feel for the situation, and a sense of what Indian people and those who like them – the editors in particular – think we should be doing.” Author’s Preface

Contents: The survival of Indian identity – historical background – ‘Culture’ and the American Indian community – Nationalistic trends among American Indians – Pan-Indianism – The isolated Eastern Cherokee – Tight shoe night: Oklahoma Indians today – Factional conflict and the Indian community: The Prairie Potawatomi case – History and current status of the Houma Indians – Some limitations of the Renascence concept in acculturation: the Nez Perce case – Indian education for what? – Therapeutic experience of responsible democracy – An American Indian Renascence?

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In the Spirit of Crazy Horse

Matthiessen, Peter
Viking 1991 Dewey Dec. 970.14

“The author tells the sad story of the ill treatment of North American Indians since European settlers arrived. By means of interviews, attendance at Indian ceremonies, and extensive research, Matthiessen shares details of life both then and now for the many existing tribes. The embarrassing incidents of treaties made and broken seem without end.” -Publisher

Contents: Partial: The Oglala Lakota, 1835-1965 — American Indian Movement — To Wounded Knee, February-May 1973 — New Indian Wars: AIM versus the FBI, 1972-75 — Pine Ridge and Dick Wilson — The shoot-out, June 26, 1975.

Indigenous American Women: Decolonization, Empowerment, Activism

Mihesuah, Devon A.
University of Nebraska 2003 Dewey Dec. 970.14

‘Oklahoma Choctaw scholar Devon Abbott Mihesuah offers a frank and absorbing look at the complex, evolving identities of American Indigenous women today, their ongoing struggles against a centuries-old legacy of colonial disempowerment, and how they are seen and portrayed by themselves and others.
Mihesuah first examines how American Indigenous women have been perceived and depicted by non-Natives, including scholars, and by themselves. She then illuminates the pervasive impact of colonialism and patriarchal thought on Native women’s traditional tribal roles and on their participation in academia. Mihesuah considers how relations between Indigenous women and men across North America continue to be altered by Christianity and Euro-American ideologies. Sexism and violence against Indigenous women has escalated; economic disparities and intratribal factionalism and “culturalism” threaten connections among women and with men; and many women suffer from psychological stress because their economic, religious, political, and social positions are devalued.
In the last section, Mihesuah explores how modern American Indigenous women have empowered themselves tribally, nationally, or academically. Additionally, she examines the overlooked role that Native women played in the Red Power movement as well as some key differences between Native women “feminists” and “activists.”” -Publisher

Natives and Academics: Researching and Writing about American Indians

Mihesuah, Devon A., ed.
University of Nebraska 1998 Dewey Dec. 970.14

Ten leading Native scholars examine the state of scholarly research and writing on Native Americans. Their distinctive perspectives and telling arguments lend clarity to the heated debate about the purpose and direction of Native American scholarship.

Contents: American Indian history or non-Indian perceptions of American Indian history? / Angela Cavender Wilson — Grandmother to granddaughter: generations of oral history in a Dakota family / Angela Cavender Wilson — Commonalty of difference: American Indian women and history / Devon A. Mihesuah — Special problems in teaching Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony / Paula Gunn Allen — Comfortable fictions and the struggle for turf: an essay review of The invented Indian: cultural fictions and government policies / Vine Deloria, Jr. — Ethics and responsibilities in writing American Indian history / Donald L. Fixico — Licensed trafficking and ethnogenetic engineering / Susan A. Miller — American Indian intellectualism and the new Indian story / Elizabeth Cook-Lynn — Cultural imperialism and the marketing of Native America / Laurie Anne Whitt — On revision and revisionism: American Indian representations in New Mexico / Theodore S. Jojola — American Indian studies is for everyone / Duane Champagne — Why Indian people should be the ones to write about Indian education / Karen Gayton Swisher.

Reformers and Activists

Nielsen, Nancy J.
Facts on File 1997 Dewey Dec. 970.14

The American Indian Lives series profiles individuals from various fields of endeavor who have enriched — and continue to enrich — both the cultures of their tribes and American culture in general.

Contents: Gertrude Simmons Bonnin – Clinton Rickard – La Donna Harris – Vine Deloria, Jr. – Dennis Banks – Russell Means – Anna Mae Aquash – Carrie Dann – Mae Wilson Tso – John E. Echohawk

Native North American Voices

Straub, Deborah G., ed.
UXL 1997 Dewey Dec. 970.14

“Over the past two hundred years the orations of American Indian speakers have powerfully shaped the national consciousness, changed government policy, raised pride and determination among the many groups of native peoples, and countered stereotypes and complacency in the American public. ‘Native North American Voices’ collects in a single source a wide range of these speeches, complete and excerpted, as they were delivered by Native American tribal leaders, activists, political figures, religious leaders, and other prominent men and women from the late eighteenth century to the present.” – Reader’s Guide

Roots of Oppression: The American Indian Question

Talbot, Steve
International 1981 Dewey Dec. 970.14

This work reflects the author’s PhD thesis in anthropology, and was projected to be the first of two volumes on the study of the Native American question in the U.S. This work introduces the Indian movement and describes the political economy of struggle. It presents contemporary events in their historical perspective.

Contents: The so-called Indian problem — Indian sovereignty — The meaning of Wounded Knee — The Indian frontier in history — Agents of the dispossession — The Indian frontier today — The economic rip-off — Friends, enemies and the future