American Indian Politics and the American Political System by David E. Wilkins

By David E. Wilkins

American Indian Politics and the yank Political process presents a accomplished advent to the background, constitution, and serve as of tribal governments and their dating to modern American politics. the second one version accommodates clean census information, thorough dialogue of the severe electoral adjustments within the 2000 and 2004 nationwide elections, and information on President Bush's first and moment phrases. This variation additionally explores the consequences of adjustments in U.S. Senate and condo group of workers and nation laws on Indian rights and the state-tribal courting.

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I will attempt to clarify how indigenous peoples, variously grouped, are defined, and discuss why such definitions are necessary. I will then analyze how the term Indian is defined and discuss what constitutes a reservation and Indian Country. Finally, I will conclude the chapter with a description of the basic demographic facts and socioeconomic data that applies throughout Indian lands. WHAT IS AN INDIAN TRIBE? American Indians, tribal nations, Indian tribes, indigenous nations, Fourth World Peoples, Native American Peoples, Aboriginal Peoples, First Nations, and Native Peoples—these are just a sample of current terms that are used to refer to indigenous peoples in the continental United States in a collective sense.

S. Senate, leaves office at the end of his term. 2004 The BIA formally acknowledges the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation of northwestern Connecticut. 2004 In United States v. S. Constitution’s Fifth Amendment double jeopardy clause. 2004 Congress passes a controversial law, the Western Shoshone Claims Distribution Act. This law will distribute $138 million under the Western Shoshone Claims Commission Judgment Fund to tribal members for the millions of TIMELINE OF AMERICAN INDIAN PEOPLES xxxi acres of land owned by the tribe.

2002 President Bush signs an executive order reaffirming the federal government’s commitment to tribally-controlled colleges and universities. 2002 Interior Secretary Gale Norton and Assistant Secretary Neal McCaleb are placed in contempt of court by federal judge Royce Lamberth for ongoing problems associated with the Indian trust fund lawsuit. 2002 The New Mexico Supreme Court, in a first ever development, adds federal Indian law as a subject on the state’s bar exam. 2003 Senators Ben Nighthorse Campbell and Daniel Inouye, cochairs of the Committee on Indian Affairs, send a letter to the parties in Cobell v.

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