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American Indian Politics and the American Political System

Fourth Edition

David E. Wilkins and Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark

American Indian Politics and the American Political System is the most comprehensive text written from a political science perspective. It analyzes the structures and functions of indigenous governments (including Alaskan Native communities and Hawaiian Natives) and the distinctive legal and political rights these nations exercise internally. It also examines the fascinating intergovernmental relationship that exists between native nations, the states, and the federal government. In the fourth edition, Wilkins and Stark analyze the challenges facing Indigenous nations as they develop new and innovative strategies to defend and demand recognition of their national character and rights. They also seeks to address issues that continue to plague many nations, such as notions of belonging and citizenship, implementation of governing structures and processes attentive to Indigenous political and legal traditions, and the promotion and enactment of sustainable practices that support our interdependence in an increasingly globalized world. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 336Size: 7 1/4 x 10 3/8
978-1-4422-5264-6 • Hardback • April 2017 • $95.00 • (£65.00)
978-1-4422-5265-3 • Paperback • April 2017 • $49.00 • (£32.95)
978-1-4422-5266-0 • eBook • April 2017 • $46.00 • (£31.95)
David E. Wilkins is McKnight Presidential Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark is assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Victoria.
Chapter 1. A Tour of Native Peoples and Native Lands
Chapter 2. Indigenous Peoples Are Nations, Not Minorities
Chapter 3. Indigenous Governments: Past, Present, and Future
Chapter 4. Actors in Native Politics
Chapter 5. A History of Federal Indian Policy
Chapter 6. Tribal Political Economy
Chapter 7. Indigenous Political Participation: Patriotism, Suffrage, and Partisanship
Chapter 8. Native Interest Group Activity and Activism
Chapter 9. Native Peoples, Images, and the Media
Chapter 10. Indigenous Nations and the American Political System
  • Updated to include the addition of 2010 census data

  • Analyzes the impacts of new legislation and recent Supreme Court decisions in Indian Country

  • Increased attention to the impact of media, assessing both Indigenous responses to cultural appropriation and mascots, as well as the use of social media for political organizing and activism

  • New coverage of Indigenous responses to climate change and environmental justice

  • Discussion of continued contestation about land and knowledge, with particular attention to conflicts between Indigenous epistemology and science

  • Examines how transnational activism has impacted and shaped Indigenous relations with the U.S.