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This single-volume book contends that reshaping the paradigm of American Indian identity, blood quantum, and racial distinctions can positively impact the future of the Indian community within America and America itself.
This academic compendium examines the complexities associated with Indian identity in North America, including the various social, political, and legal issues impacting Indian expression in different periods; the European influence on how self-governing tribal communities define the rights of citizenship within their own communities; and the effect of Indian mascots, Thanksgiving, and other cultural appropriations taking place within American society on the Indian community. The book looks at and proposes solutions to the controversies surrounding the Indian tribal nations and their people.
The authors—all leading advocates of Indian progress—argue that tribal governments and communities should reconsider the notion of what comprises Indian identity, and in doing so, they compare and contrast how indigenous people around the world define themselves and their communities. Chapters address complex questions under the discourse of Indian law, history, philosophy, education, political science, anthropology, art, psychology, and civil rights. Topics covered in depth include blood quantum, racial distinctions, First Nations, and tribal citizenship.
- Addresses legal and historical issues about Indian identity and multiple citizenships that have never before been covered in a text
- Sums up the issues, discussion, and proposed solutions to the questions surrounding Indian identity
- Sounds an awakening call to tribal leaders regarding the threat of extermination if they continue to rely on the paradigm of blood quantum instead of citizenship to define Indian identity
- Provides a voice that reaches out to and finds common cause with indigenous brothers and sisters in the world of former British colonies
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"Who are we? The fact that, across indigenous contexts, we constantly have to ask and answer this question speaks to the terrible history of colonialism. This book examines the question of Indian identity through contemporary issues such as mascots, schooling, enrollment, and ethnic fraud. It is relevant, provocative, and constructive. It adds new and important insights on the questions of Indian identity from a group well grounded Indigenous activist scholars."
"This book is a powerful contribution to our understanding of the ethnic identity of America's First People, the American Indians. The authors share their own understanding of who they are as members of Tribal Nations in the 21st century. Even among the educated elite, very few know that over 500 Tribal Nations are recognized by the U.S. government as sovereign indigenous nations. They exist under 370 treaties. As tribal citizens, the authors examine the threat of extermination posed by the use of blood quantum as a criteria to deteremine who is Indian. This book is required reading for the reading public, and especially American Indian readers."
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