Review by Choice Review
This two-volume encyclopedia is a valuable addition to any academic library that serves undergraduates. Signed entries by more than 200 scholars and experts distill the complexity of statutes, rules, regulations, tribal laws, treaties, and agency and judicial decisions that make up Indian law and federal Indian relations. Entries also cover key individuals, concepts such as sovereignty and assimilation, military policy and wars, and the impact of US policies on Native culture and society. All entries include references and see also suggestions. Volume 1 begins with essays on federal Indian policy by time period. Volume 2 concludes with primary source documents, maps, and statistics. Both volumes have the same alphabetical and thematic tables of contents and detailed indexes. With this set, the editors, Finkelman (Albany Law School) and Garrison (Portland State Univ.), along with their editorial advisory board, fill a unique and important niche. Others, including F. S. Cohen, C. F. Wilkinson, and R. N. Clinton, have covered cases and materials in federal Indian law in standard works intended for practitioners. The multivolume primary source classic, Indian Affairs. Laws and Treaties (1903-), compiled and edited by C. J. Kappler; and Treaties with American Indians, ed. by D. L. Fixico (CH, Jul'08, 45-5944), have a specific focus. The value of this new encyclopedia lies in well-written, easily accessible, and authoritative A-Z entries that synthesize complex Indian law, its history and impact, and federal Indian policy. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers. M. Cedar Face Southern Oregon University
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Review by Booklist Review
Created by a culturally diverse group of scholars, this work makes a point of incorporating Native American viewpoints in its examination of the political and legal aspects of the relationship of the U.S. government with Native peoples. The encyclopedia begins with seven overview essays organized by time period from 1775 to the present and intended to provide a historical narrative base and context for the entries that follow. As history is not so neatly divided, the periods that are covered overlap to some extent. The topics addressed in the nearly 700 A-Z entries range from events (Black Hawk War, Trail of Tears), to legislation and policy (Fort Jackson 1814, Treaty of; Pueblo Lands Act 1924; Relocation), to individuals (Houston, Sam; Tecumseh), among others. The essays vary in length from several paragraphs to several pages, with see also references and bibliographies. The focus is on the effect that the topic under discussion had on Native Americans. For example, the entry on President Kennedy speaks only about his rulings on a particular dam project. Many of the entries end by drawing a conclusion about the importance of the topic to Indian life. The contributors come from a wide range of disciplines and subjects. Many are legal scholars, political scientists, and anthropologists. An excellent thematic table of contents is found in the first volume, and a comprehensive index is in both volumes. Treaties with American Indians: An Encyclopedia of Rights, Conflicts, and Sovereignty (2007) covers some similar ground but concentrates on the issues surrounding negotiated agreements. At the present time, there is no other reference source with the coverage of Encyclopedia of United States Indian Policy and Law, so academic and large public libraries in which there is interest in this subject should strongly consider purchase.--Hoover, Danise Copyright 2009 Booklist
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Review by Library Journal Review
Just as there are different tribes of Native Americans, so there have been differing policies relating to their relationship with the U.S. government. This title gathers information on these disparate entities in one convenient place. Finkelman (Encyclopedia of American Political History) and Garrison (The Legal Ideology of Removal) edit the works of approximately 150 contributors writing on specific laws, persons, organizations, and issues. Contributors are mostly academics; their tribal affiliation is listed if applicable. Entries range from a few paragraphs to a few pages in length; are signed and cross-referenced; and end with a bibliography that may include case law, books, and journal articles. All are clearly written and accessible to nonexperts. The entry on Mascots is a good example of an article that concisely explains an issue and its legal history. Bottom Line ABC-CLIO's three-volume Treaties with American Indians (2008) is slightly less expensive, covers much of the same territory, and even utilizes some of the same contributors. It includes the text of treaties, a chronology, and greater coverage of Canada; this one provides more content on related issues and a more user-friendly format. Both are authoritative and recommended for most libraries.-Teresa R. Faust, Vermont Dept. of Libs., Berlin (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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