Killing the White Man's Indian: Reinventing Native Americans at the End of the Twentieth Century

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Doubleday, Jan 1, 1996 - History - 400 pages
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In the face of a new lightly romanticized view of Native Americans, "Killing the White Man's Indian bravely confronts the current myths and often contradictory realities of tribal life today. Following two centuries of broken treaties and virtual government extermination of the "savage redmen," Americans today have recast Native Americans into another, equally stereotyped role, that of eternal victims, politically powerless and weakened by poverty and alcoholism, yet whose spiritual ties with the natural world form our last, best hope of salvaging our natural environment and ennobling our souls.
The truth, however, is neither as grim, nor as blindly idealistic, as many would expect. The fact is that a virtual revolution is underway in Indian Country, an upheaval of epic proportions. For the first time in generations, Indians are shaping their own destinies, largely beyond the control of whites, reinventing Indian education and justice, exploiting the principle of tribal sovereignty in ways that empower tribal governments far beyond most American's imaginations. While new found power has enriched tribal life and prospects, and has made Native Americans fuller participants in the American dream, it has brought tribal governments into direct conflict with local economics and the federal government.
Based on three years of research on the Native American reservations, and written without a hidden conservative bias or politically correct agenda, "Killing the White Man's Indian takes on Native American politics and policies today in all their contradictory--and controversial-guises."

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Review: Killing the White Man's Indian: Reinventing Native Americans at the End of the Twentieth Century

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As a nonfiction writer myself, I return to this book to study the quality of the writing, which is vivid, insightful, and brilliant -- creative nonfiction at its best. The author also wields irony ... Read full review

Review: Killing the White Man's Indian: Reinventing Native Americans at the End of the Twentieth Century

User Review  - Rachel - Goodreads

What an amazing eye opening book! There was so much I didn't understand and that broke my heart reading. I couldn't believe the way some native americans are treated just because they are native! I really feel this book should be on everyone's bookshelf. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
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The Very Dregs Garbage and Spanne of Earth
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We Aint Got Feathers and Beads
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Copyright

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About the author (1996)

Bordewich is a journalist who has traveled widely in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. He was invited to the People's Republic of China to train the staff of the English-language Features Section of Xinhua, the official Chinese government news agency.

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