An essential reference on the reciprocal role that U.S. and Native policy and law have played in American political development.
"This scholarly encyclopedia explores the troubled relationship between the United States and its Native American peoples. The 681 alphabetically-arranged essays examine the long history of military conflicts, treaty negotiations, federal policies, legal restrictions and cultural differences between the aboriginal tribes and the government officially representing the interests of encroaching settlers. An overview of these official relations is provided by a chronological survey of the Indian policies followed by the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. Other entries describe specific colonial and later government policies in greater detail. Hundreds of biographical entries describe leading participants on both sides. These include presidents, politicians, soldiers and government agents as well as native chiefs, warriors, religious leaders and modern activists. Other articles explore the role of protest movements, tribal groups and non-governmental organizations in shaping national policies on Native American affairs. Numerous illustrations, maps, article specific bibliographies, a selection of legislative documents, statistics on modern tribes and an excellent index support the text. The result is an outstanding introduction to a crucial issue in American history. The Encyclopedia of United States Indian Policy and Law fully captures this wide range of activity, making it a valuable resource for high school, public and academic libraries."
--Lawrence Looks at Books, July 2009
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