State and Reservation
259 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Aug 1992
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State and Reservation

The University of Arizona Press

Ten original essays focus on the rise, change, and persistence of the Native American reservation system. Contributors drawn from history, anthropology, sociology, and political science offer divergent points of view buttressed by historical and ethnographic case studies. Together, these articles suggest that the time has come—or is long overdue—to rethink the basic assumptions underlying Federal Indian policy.


Introduction, George Pierre Castile & Robert L. Bee

Part I—Historical Foundations of the Reservation System

An Elusive Institution: The Meanings of Indian Reservations in Gold Rush California, John M. Findlay

Crow Leadership Amidst Reservation Oppression, Frederick E. Hoxie

Part II—The Nonreservation Experience

Utah Indians and the Homestead Laws, Martha C. Knack

The Enduring Reservations of Oklahoma, John H. Moore

Without Reservation: Federal Indian Policy and the Landless Tribes of Washington, Frank W. Porter, III

Part III—Power and Symbols

Riding the Paper Tiger, Robert L. Bee

Indian Sign: Hegemony and Symbolism in Federal Indian Policy, George P. Castile

Part IV—The Resource Base

Primitive Accumulation, Reservations, and the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, Lawrence Weiss & David C.Maas

Shortcomings of the Indian Self-Determination Policy, George S. Esber, Jr.

Getting to Yes in the New West: The Negotiation of Policy, Thomas R. McGuire

George Pierre Castile is a professor of anthropology at Whitman College.
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