Native American Issues: A Reference Handbook

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ABC-CLIO, 2005 - Social Science - 329 pages

This handbook provides an unbiased, in-depth assessment of the struggles, successes, and status of Native Americans in what is now the United States from the time of the first European settlers to the present.

Native American Issues: A Reference Handbook, Second Edition explores the history, problems, and contemporary issues faced by peoples of Native American heritage. From the Indian Removal Act of 1830 to the Twenty Points platform advanced by the American Indian Movement in the 1970s to the massive budget cuts of the 1980s, readers will discover how the well-being of Native Americans has been affected by federal and state policies.

Refocusing the first edition's underlying theme of sovereignty to highlight issues related to community, this extensively updated volume addresses the greatest single change in the condition of Native Americans in the last decade--the proliferation of gambling enterprises. Issues such as land claims, use of natural resources, sacred sites, governments, and stereotyping are examined from the perspective of strengthening community.

  • A chronology examines the impact of actions such as the 1972 March on Washington, the Dawes Act, and litigation such as Bryan v. Itasca County on Native American communities
  • Includes a comprehensive annotated bibliography of books and nonprint resources


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On page 289 the author music that "Elvis fails to pull off a realistic portrayal"....
That's funny .... because in contrast, Elvis was honored by the Native American community for his realistic
portrayal after the film.
And because of that film, as well as later in his careet Elvis having many of his jumpsuits in the seventies tailor-made to show and honor some of his Cherokee Indian roots, he has been respected by many in the Native American culture throughout the decades as an icon that was proud to identify with his native American roots.
The authors comment comes off as more typical American snobbery towards Elvis. The fact that many critics of the day admitted up to that point due to Elvis's other film scripts, they hadn't really seen Elvis show enough range to be considered legitimate, but that was one of the films that garnered him new found respect from some critics. This is at least worth noting when people talk about this film. The fact that the author is unaware of this, or didn't mention it if they were, makes their opinion.... suspect.


A Reference Handbook 1 Introduction
A Reference Handbook 2 Native Communities in History and Native Peoples Today
A Reference Handbook 3 The Keystone Topic for Contemporary Native America Gambling
A Reference Handbook 4 Other Issues
A Reference Handbook 5 Chronology of Native America
A Reference Handbook 6 Biographies
A Reference Handbook 7 Legislation Litigation and Statistics
A Reference Handbook 8 Points of View
A Reference Handbook 9 Directory of Organizations
A Reference Handbook 10 Print and Nonprint Resources
A Reference Handbook Glossary
A Reference Handbook Index
A Reference Handbook About the Author

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William N. Thompson is professor of public administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV. His published works include ABC-CLIO's Legalized Gambling: A Reference Handbook and Gambling in America: An Encyclopedia of History, Issues, and Society.

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