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By James J. Lopach

ISBN-10: 087081477X

ISBN-13: 9780870814778

An account of Fourth global peoples inside of a primary global kingdom, "Tribal executive at the present time" is a severe research of the modern growth of Indian tribes towards self-government and financial sufficiency. concentrating on seven reservations in Montana representing the varied possibilities and difficulties dealing with Indian tribes within the West, this publication methods tribal govt from the dual views of reservation politics and the felony context in which reservation conflicts needs to be solved. not like prior reviews of Indian politics, "Tribal govt at the present time" is neither a critique of yank Indian coverage through the years nor an research of federal, country, and tribal jurisdictional ambiguities. The authors - a political scientist, a attorney, and a historian - concentration in its place at the certain political tradition that has advanced on each one reservation by way of the reservation settings, governmental constructions and techniques, and a specific model of politics.

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The Northern Cheyenne reservation, just east of the Crow lands, was initially established by executive order in 1884. Without the benefit of a long promised presidential survey, the Salish were instructed to leave the Bitterroot valley and join the Kootenai and Pend Oreille on the Flathead reservation. Shortly before Montana achieved statehood in 1889, Page 17 the United States negotiated a vast reduction of Indian lands in northern Montana. The Blackfeet reservation was again decreased in size, and separate reservations were established at Fort Belknap for the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine and at Fort Peck for the Assiniboine and Sioux.

Native territories included the Great Lakes and Pacific Northwest as well as the upper Midwest. Not all were initially hunters. Some fished, some were agriculturalists, and some trapped for furs. The tribes reacted to whites in different ways. Some were hostile, while others earned a reputation of hospitality. In their intertribal relationships, the Montana Indians showed a similar variety of behavior. Some tribes were allies but most engaged in warfare, even against those with whom they would be induced to share a reservation years later.

Here, reservation governments are discussed in terms of common strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities. Reform considerations are suggested with the variety of reservation situations in mind. The unfortunate conclusion is that self-government, in its ordinary meaning, is not a realistic goal for all reservations. Notes 1. Jim Richardson and John A. Farrell, "The New Indian Wars," The Denver Post, November 20, 1983, to November 27, 1983 (eight-part series), p. 16 of reprint. 2. Interview with Richard Whitesell, Director of the Billings Area of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, August 22, 1983.

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