American Indian Tribal Governments by Sharon O'Brien

By Sharon O'Brien

This e-book describes the fight of Indian tribes and their governments to accomplish freedom and self-determination regardless of repeated makes an attempt by means of overseas governments to dominate, exterminate, or assimilate them. Drawing at the disciplines of political technological know-how, historical past, legislation, and anthropology and written in a right away, readable variety, American Indian Tribal Governments is a accomplished advent to conventional tribal governments, to the heritage of Indian-white kinfolk, to the constitution and felony rights of recent tribal governments, and to the altering roles of federal and nation governments in terms of modem tribal governments. booklet of this publication fills a niche in American Indian experiences, delivering students with a foundation from which to start an built-in learn of tribal govt, supplying academics with a very good introductory textbook, and delivering normal readers with an obtainable and entire creation to American Indian historical past and government. The book's specified constitution permits insurance of an exceptional breadth of data whereas heading off the typical mistake of generalizing approximately all tribes and cultures. An introductory part offers the elemental issues of the publication and describes the conventional governments of 5 tribes selected for his or her geographic and cultural diversity-the Senecas, the Muscogees, the Lakotas, the Isleta Pueblo, and the Yakimas. the subsequent 3 chapters evaluation the historical past of Indian-white family from the time Christopher Columbus "discovered" the USA to the current. Then the historical past and modem executive of every of the 5 tribes offered past is tested intimately. the ultimate chapters study the evolution and present felony powers of tribal governments, the tribal-federal dating, and the tribal-state relationship.American Indian Tribal Governments illuminates problems with tribal sovereignty and exhibits how tribes are preserving and increasing their regulate of tribal club, felony platforms, baby welfare, land and source use, looking and fishing, enterprise legislation, schooling, and social prone. different examples convey tribes negotiating with kingdom and federal governments to relieve resources of clash, together with problems with legal and civil jurisdiction, taxation, looking and fishing rights, and regulate of common assets. Excerpts from old and modem records and speeches spotlight the textual content, and a couple of hundred pictures, maps, and charts exhibit tribal existence, govt, and interplay with white society because it was once and is. incorporated to boot are a thesaurus and a chronology of significant occasions.

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321 Includes index.  Series. 1'197dc19 89-4791 ISBN: 0-8061-2199-8 (cloth) ISBN: 0-8061-2564-0 (paper) American Indian Tribal Governments is Volume 192 in The Civilization of the American Indian Series. The paper in this book meets the guidelines for permanence and durability of the Committee on Production Guidelines for Book Longevity of the Council on Library Resources, Inc. Copyright © 1989 by the University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Publishing Division of the University. All rights reserved.

Finding none of the books acceptable, we decided to find a means by which to develop a book on tribal governments. Shortly thereafter, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) renewed its interest in producing a book on tribal governments that could be used by senior high schools, colleges, tribal officials, and the general public. Later that same year the NCAI received a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to underwrite the cost of research, and I was formally asked to write the bookto work, in effect, as a translator of information for the tribes that had agreed to participate in the project.

Education Educational development has been a high priority among the Choctaws for the last twenty years. In 1963 the longawaited high school was completed. Currently the Choctaw school system serves more than eleven hundred students in grades kindergarten through twelve. In addition to a basic primary and secondary school curriculum the tribe has designed programs to meet the educational needs of all its members. For instance, a preschool program helps prepare youngsters from age three through five for primary school.

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