By David E. Wilkins
Now in its 3rd variation, American Indian Politics is the main finished learn written from a political technological know-how standpoint that analyzes the buildings and capabilities of indigenous governments (including Alaskan local groups and Hawaiian Natives) and the certain felony and political rights those international locations workout internally, whereas additionally reading the attention-grabbing intergovernmental courting that exists among local countries, the states, and the government. The 3rd version encompasses a variety of very important alterations. First, it's now co-authored by means of Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark, who brings a lively new voice to the research. moment, it comprises considerable dialogue of ways President ObamaOs election has altered the dynamics of Indian kingdom politics and legislation. 3rd, it comprises extra dialogue of women's matters, numerous new vignettes, an up to date timeline, new images, and up to date charts, tables, and figures.
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8 However, when discussing Indian peoples generically, American Indian tribes and Native Americans remain the most widely used terms despite the inherent problems associated with both. S. government in its relations with tribes has operated from conflicting sets of cultural and political premises across time. Although no universal definition exists, many statutes give definitions for purposes of particular laws, federal agencies like the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) generate their own definitions, numerous courts have crafted definitions, and the term tribe is found—though not defined—in the Constitution’s commerce clause.
Federal policymakers by this time perceived I ntroduction | xxxiii Indians and tribes as incompetent to manage their own affairs or resources. Therefore, the federal government, acting more like a “guardian” of the now “ward-like tribes,” took complete charge of the Indians’ lands and resources. Typically, the Department of the Interior, the lead trust agent, leased the Indian allotments to oil, gas, timber, grazing, and mining interests for a small fee. S. 26 However, Indians have never received all the money due to them for lands sold to the United States and from various lease arrangements made by the federal government, despite constant Indian complaints and numerous investigations.
First is the fact of the preexisting status of indigenous communities as separate and sovereign peoples with histories that long predate the American republic. This preexisting status meant that tribal nations had original and unencumbered claims to territory and sovereignty that would then be disputed and sometimes recognized by invading European governments and their peoples and later by the United States. Second is the subsequent historical development of unique political, legal, economic, cultural, and moral rights and powers exercised by tribal nations—rights and powers that the United States subsequently attempted to unilaterally change in its efforts to take tribal resources and assimilate and civilize Indian peoples.
American Indian Politics and the American Political System (Spectrum Series: Race and Ethnicity in National and Global Politics) by David E. Wilkins