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376 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, notes, index

ISBN  978-1-4696-0216-5
Published: June 2013

Recognition, Sovereignty Struggles, and Indigenous Rights in the United States

A Sourcebook

Edited By Amy E. Den Ouden and Jean M. O'Brien

This engaging collection surveys and clarifies the complex issue of federal and state recognition for Native American tribal nations in the United States. Den Ouden and O'Brien gather focused and teachable essays on key topics, debates, and case studies. Written by leading scholars in the field, including historians, anthropologists, legal scholars, and political scientists, the essays cover the history of recognition, focus on recent legal and cultural processes, and examine contemporary recognition struggles nationwide.

Contributors are Joanne Barker (Lenape), Kathleen A. Brown-Perez (Brothertown), Rosemary Cambra (Muwekma Ohlone), Amy E. Den Ouden, Timothy Q. Evans (Haliwa-Saponi), Les W. Field, Angela A. Gonzales (Hopi), Rae Gould (Nipmuc), J. Kehaulani Kauanui (Kanaka Maoli), K. Alexa Koenig, Alan Leventhal, Malinda Maynor Lowery (Lumbee), Jean M. O'Brien (White Earth Ojibwe), John Robinson, Jonathan Stein, Ruth Garby Torres (Schaghticoke), and David E. Wilkins (Lumbee).

About the Author

Amy E. Den Ouden is associate professor of women's studies at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She is author of Beyond Conquest: Native Peoples and the Struggle for History in New England.

Jean M. O'Brien (White Earth Ojibwe) is professor of history at the University of Minnesota. She is author of Dispossession by Degrees: Indian Land and Identity in Natick, Massachusetts, 1650-1790, and Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians Out of Existence in New England.


"Impressive volume. . . . Recommended. All academic levels/libraries."

“As a primer on the complexities of recognition struggles, and as a source book providing insightful case studies for undergraduate instruction, the book is a rousing success.”
--Western Historical Quarterly

"A real strength of this book is the inclusion of a significant number of contributions by Native scholars."
--Oregon Historical Quarterly

“This volume deserves a wide readership among scholars, students, and community leaders interested in the political rights of indigenous people in the United States.”
--American Indian Quarterly

"An excellent selection of interdisciplinary perspectives on a critically important question. A valuable contribution."
--Jessica Cattelino, University of California, Los Angeles

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