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American Indians and U.S. Politics: A Companion Reader / Edition 1

American Indians and U.S. Politics: A Companion Reader / Edition 1

by John MeyerJohn Meyer


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The relationship between American Indians and the U.S. political system is both vitally important and unique. Yet American Indians—as individuals and as tribal nations—typically receive scant attention in introductory courses on American government and politics. This is the only reader on Native America and U.S. politics designed to be incorporated into introductory government courses. It will help students to obtain a clearer understanding of such contemporary issues as Indian fishing rights and gaming casinos and to see topics central to the course—the Constitution, the structure of federalism, citizenship, and civil liberties—from the perspective of groups that have often sought a protected place outside the U.S. polity rather than inclusion within.

Enabling students to compare the American Indian experience with the ideas presented in other course materials, the readings in this book are keyed to the topics most commonly found in the course syllabi. Selected for their insight and accessibility as well as diversity of viewpoints and topics, the essays provide a unique insight into the character of the American political system from the perspective of American Indians, teaching the reader much about both the tribes and the character of politics and government in the U.S. generally.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275972783
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/28/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

JOHN M. MEYER is Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and Politics at Humboldt State University, California. He is the author of Political Nature: Environmentalism and the Interpretation of Western Thought (2001).

Table of Contents

Foreword by David E. Wilkins



A Peculiar Covenant by JeDon A. Emenhiser

Political Ideals, Traditions, Culture

Native American Political Traditions by Taiaiake Alfred


Tribal Governments by Sharon O'Brien

Citizanship and Political Participation

Neither Fish, Flesh, Fowl, nor Good Red Herring by Jill E. Martin

Civil Liberties

Freedom, Law, and Prophecy by Lee Irwin

Groups and Interests

The New Indian Politics by Stephen Cornell

Campaigns and Elections

Passing California's Proposition 5 by G. Richard Maullin


Bury My Heart in Committee by David Van Biema


Ronald Reagan's Indian Policy in Retrospect by Samuel R. Cook


Lost Tribes by Peter Beinart

Let the Healing Begin by Kevin Gover

Court System

Watch Your Six by M. Robert Yazzie

The U.S. Supreme Court's Explication of "Federal Plenary Power" by David E. Wilkins

Policy Issues

Triangulated Power and the Environment by N. Jace Weaver

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