This text describes the historical development and contemporary structures and practices of Navajo national government. Wilkins (American Indian studies and political science, U. of Minnesota) also compares Navajo politics with other tribal nations and political systems. The relation of the Navajo with the U.S. federal government is naturally an important part of the study, while the rest of the study consists of familiar political science descriptions of legislature, executive, and judiciary; interest group dynamics; relations with the media; political campaigns and voting; and policy. This work is a "modestly updated" version of a 1999 work, which itself was an expanded version of 1987's ( Dine Bibeehaz'aanii: A Handbook of Navajo Government . Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
David E. Wilkins is associate professor of American Indian studies and adjunct professor of political science and law at the University of Minnesota.