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The Nations Within: The Past and Future of American Indian Sovereignity

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The message of The Nations Within is an urgent on, and should be read by anyone concerned with American Indian affairs today.
 
“Those of us who try to understand what is happening in North American Indian communities have learned to see Vine Delora, Jr., both as an influential actor in the ongoing drama and also as its most knowledgeable interpreter. This new book on Indian
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ebook, 304 pages
Published April 17th 2013 by Pantheon (first published 1984)
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Jacob Russell
Sep 19, 2015 Jacob Russell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spent my 2 days at Philalalia reading Vine Deloria's the Nations Within: the Past and Future of American Indian Sovereignty. A remarkable book--for the range and depth of the ground covered, and for it's writing. This is some pretty dry material... pages and pages of House and Senate committee hearings--and he makes compelling reading of them.
A one volume history of the legal struggles between the United States and the first peoples of North America, that does much more than recount that histor
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Michelle Boyer
A wonderful piece of scholarship that details American Indian sovereignty—which is the inherent right of American Indian nations to self-govern without interruption from the United States government. However, sovereignty has a flux and flow and changes depending on current moods of the federal government. This book discusses these complexities that makes the text quite intriguing, despite the fact that at some points you will be reading committee hearings (which are, unfortunately, rather dull). ...more
Steve Wehling
Feb 15, 2008 Steve Wehling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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One of the foundational books on the topic of American Indian Law. It explains the difficult position of American Indian government and cultural independence within the context of being sovereign, yet subject to the U.S. government.
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I'm still learning about Native history, but The Nations Within lays out the negotiations between the US government and the sovereign tribes with what appears to be a balanced perspective. Cites and lists sources.

Immensely helpful.
Jc
Oct 22, 2014 Jc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't finished this book and doubt that I will. I think I read enough to understand where the authors are presenting from but I find too much mysticism too sustain me. Still a well but together book if you have an I terest in Native American philosophy.
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Vine Victor Deloria, Jr. was an American Indian author, theologian, historian, and activist. He was widely known for his book Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto (1969), which helped generate national attention to Native American issues in the same year as the Alcatraz-Red Power Movement. From 1964–1967, he had served as executive director of the National Congress of American Indians, i ...more
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