In this college textbook, Wilkins (American Indian studies, political science, law, and American studies, U. of Minnesota) considers the relationship of American Indian governments to the American political system with emphasis on the sovereignty of tribal nations. He analyzes the status of indigenous peoples and their citizenship, the concept of tribal sovereignty and the issues policymakers have, and their relationship with the government's branches. He provides an overview of federal Indian policy in history, descriptions of tribal governments, political economy and gaming, participation, interest-group activities and social activism, and the effect of the media. This edition integrates new census data; discussions of changes to elections, US House and Senate personnel, and legislation on Indian rights and the state-tribal relationship; and information on George W. Bush's terms in office. Annotation c2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
David E. Wilkins is professor of American Indian studies and adjunct professor of political science, law and American studies at the University of Minnesota.