By William Norman Thompson
The 1st settlers of the North American continent shaped a mess of societies and loved unique career of over seven million sq. miles of land. this day their descendants are relegated to lands totaling lower than 50,000 sq. miles. local American matters makes a speciality of the modern political matters surrounding the confinement of local peoples to constrained lands within the usa and Canada.Also mentioned is the prestige and powers of local governments and the wellbeing and fitness, wealth, and schooling of local peoples. Biographical sketches, a chronology of occasions, chosen laws, major proceedings, evidence and figures, quotations, presidential proclamations, and lists of print and nonprint assets entire this broad paintings.
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Native Americans would be confined to certain lands that could be Page 11 surrounded by non-Native populations. On the reservations, the host peoples became virtual wards of the newcomers' national government. The adult host peoples were to be given the opportunity to become just like Euro-Americans by being taught agricultural skills. Their children were taught reading, writing, and arithmeticalways in the English language (Washburn 1971, 68-74). Assimilation The implicit and often explicit idea underlying these activities was that the Native Americans should become just like the Euro-Americans and then assimilated into the broader society.
I enjoyed discussions of Native issues with the late Glenn Miller of the Menominees of Wisconsin; Jo Anne Jones of the Ho-Chunk peoples of Wisconsin; and Rick Hill and Bill Gollnick with the Oneidas of Wisconsin. Hill serves as the leader of the National Indian Gaming Association. Council leader Pancho Roland of the TexasAlabama Coushatta Nation willingly shared time for conversation, as did Clinton Pattea of Arizona's Fort McDowell Tribe and Tony Machukay of the Arizona Commission on Indian Affairs.
Chapter 5 presents notable quotations from both Native and non-Native leaders. Chapter 6 lists major organizations concerned with Native Americans and the policy issues affecting these peoples. An annotated bibliographic listing of print sources appears in Chapter 7, and nonprint sources are listed and reviewed in Chapter 8. The book concludes with a glossary of terms and an index. A Word about Terminology It is difficult to write about subcultures as an outsider. By accepting the assignment (a desired assignment) to write this book, I have determined to resist any internal (real) or external (imagined) pressures to succumb to notions that a non-Native American is unqualified to deal with the subject matter presented here.
Native American issues: a reference handbook by William Norman Thompson