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The Historical Evolution of American Indian Political Strategies

Laura Evans

in Power from Powerlessness

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199742745
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895052 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199742745.003.0002
The Historical Evolution of American Indian Political Strategies

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This chapter provides background information on tribal governments and on the book's methods of analysis. The book examines tribal governments in the Southwest, Pacific Northwest, and the Upper Plains from the 1980s into the 2000s. The book combines quantitative and qualitative analyses, using previously unexplored records of tribal, federal, state, and local governments. Also, the chapter examines the development of American Indian leaders’ strategies from the late 19th century to present. This chapter provides a context for understanding how Indian leaders discovered and refined tactics for political resilience. Over time, a militarily subjugated people pushed slowly to redefine their relationship with powerholders.

Keywords: research methods; qualitative; quantitative; political development; American Indian; tribal government

Chapter.  11554 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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