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Tiller's guide to Indian country : economic profiles of American Indian reservations /

Main Author: Tiller, Veronica E. Velarde.
Corporate Author: Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy. Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Albuquerque, N.M. : BowArrow Pub. Co., 2005
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Review by Choice Review

This valuable and impressive publication focuses on the current economic conditions of federally recognized Native American tribes in the contiguous US. First published in 1996 (CH, Jun'96, 33-5488), TGIC aimed to provide a reference source that "presented tribes as living cultures, as vibrant economies and enduring communities." In this edition, Tiller (a respected historian and member of the Jicarilla Apache Nation of New Mexico) includes an additional 400 pages, reflecting the changes Indian communities have undergone in the past decade, especially with the onslaught of the Web, casino and gaming industry, federal budget cuts, and other economic ventures. Where possible, Tiller has sought information from tribal records and councils. The guide also features Honoring Contributions from Harvard University's Project on American Indian Economic Development. The compilation of Tiller's findings includes information on land status, geography, culture, history, community, and government from 562 tribes in 33 states. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. A. L. Posas Southwest Museum of the American Indian, Autry National Center

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Review by Booklist Review

This second edition\b is nearly double the size of the first edition, published in 1996 and originally updated from the 1974 U.S. Department of Commerce's Federal and State Indian Reservations and Indian Trust Areas. The editor is a Jicarilla Apache and historian; her daughter took most of the nearly 500 black-and-white photos that illustrate this book. The guide includes information about the 562 federally recognized tribes and reservations in 33 states. Arranged by state and preceded by a state overview, individual entries include the location and land status, climate, culture and history, government, business corporation, economy, infrastructure, community facilities and services, and environmental concerns related to each reservation. Each entry enumerates opportunities for small business development and outlines the governmental structures that are currently in place. The 1999-2003 winners of the best tribal governance award from Harvard University's Honoring Nations program are identified. One of the biggest changes since the previous edition is the number of tribes providing gaming activities; in 2005 more than 225 tribes operated gaming facilities. The table of contents is an alphabetical list of those states that have tribal lands followed by an alphabetical list of the tribes within that state. Also at the beginning of the volume is a list of photos and maps. The volume is completed by a bibliography and an index. This resource is recommended as essential for both academic and public libraries in those areas where Native American tribes reside and also for any libraries where the economics of tribal lands might be an issue. --Diana Shonrock Copyright 2006 Booklist

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Review by Library Journal Review

Compiled by Tiller, who has written several books on Native American issues and served as a research consultant for tribes and tribal organizations in the United States and Canada, this work provides useful information on more than 500 Native American tribes located throughout the country. This update of the 1996 edition has nearly doubled in size and comprises several new features, including expanded profiles on economic development and infrastructure of these dispersed Native American communities. Each entry includes demographic and geographic information, a brief survey of history and culture, type of government, and contact information. Bottom Line Nicely designed with illustrations and a detailed and well-organized index, this outstanding volume contains the diligent research done by a large staff, who visited many of these tribes. The steep price, however, may limit its appeal to research libraries and those serving local Indian communities.-Donald Altschiller, Boston Univ. Libs. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Review by School Library Journal Review

Compiled by Tiller, who has written several books on Native American issues and served as a research consultant for tribes and tribal organizations in the United States and Canada, this work provides useful information on more than 500 Native American tribes located throughout the country. This update of the 1996 edition has nearly doubled in size and comprises several new features, including expanded profiles on economic development and infrastructure of these dispersed Native American communities. Each entry includes demographic and geographic information, a brief survey of history and culture, type of government, and contact information. Bottom Line Nicely designed with illustrations and a detailed and well-organized index, this outstanding volume contains the diligent research done by a large staff, who visited many of these tribes. The steep price, however, may limit its appeal to research libraries and those serving local Indian communities.-- Donald Altschiller, Boston Univ. Libs. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.