Social Issues in Contemporary Native America

Social Issues in Contemporary Native America Author Hilary N. Weaver
ISBN-10 9781317053880
Release 2016-04-01
Pages 252
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Hilary Weaver has drawn together leading Native American social workers, researchers, and academics to provide current information on a variety of social issues related to Native American children, families, and reservations both in the USA and in Canada. Divided into four major sections, each containing an introduction, this book places the historical foundations of Native American social work in context in order to fully provide the reader with a comprehensive survey on various aspects of working with Native American families; community health and wellness; and community revitalization and decolonization. This groundbreaking volume should be read by both educators and students in social work and other helping professions in the USA and Canada as well as all human service professionals working with Native Americans.

Native American Issues

Native American Issues Author Paul C. Rosier
ISBN-10 0313320020
Release 2003-01-01
Pages 185
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Discusses a variety of issues relevant to Native Americans, including treaty rights, land claims, gaming, sports mascots and images, and economics.

Contemporary Native American Cultural Issues

Contemporary Native American Cultural Issues Author Duane Champagne
ISBN-10 9780585201269
Release 2000-01-01
Pages 328
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Duane Champagne has assembled a volume of top scholarship reflecting the complexity and diversity of Native American cultural life. Introductions to each topical section provide background and integrated analyses of the issues at hand. The informative and critical studies that follow offer experiences and perspectives from a variety of Native settings. Topics include identity, gender, the powwow, mass media, health and environmental issues. This book and its companion volume, Contemporary Native American Political Issues, edited by Troy R. Johnson, are ideal teaching tools for instructors in Native American studies, ethnic studies, and anthropology, and important resources for anyone working in or with Native communities.

Contemporary Native American Political Issues

Contemporary Native American Political Issues Author Troy Johnson
ISBN-10 9780585189949
Release 2000-01-01
Pages 328
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How does one make a clear distinction between issues such as tribal sovereignty, indigenous rights, and law and justice? How do these topics differ, and can they be separated from, issues such as identity, health, and environment? The answer, of course, lies in the interconnectedness of all aspects of Native American life, culture, religion, and politics. This format encourages the consideration of Native politics both in terms of unifying themes and contexts and with regard to local situations, needs, and struggles.

Social Life and Issues

Social Life and Issues Author Roe Bubar
ISBN-10 9781438101309
Release 2009-01-01
Pages 130
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Study the social issues faced by Native Americans within the context of the genesis of the problems and what efforts have been made to address them. Some of the subjects covered include health, HIV/AIDS, and violence against women.

Native American Issues

Native American Issues Author William Norman Thompson
ISBN-10 9781851097418
Release 2005
Pages 329
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A handbook of issues facing Native Americans today.

Captured in the Middle

Captured in the Middle Author Sidner Larson
ISBN-10 0295800739
Release 2011-10-01
Pages 180
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Sidner Larson�s Captured in the Middle embodies the very nature of Indian storytelling, which is circular, drawing upon the personal experiences of the narrator at every turn. Larson teaches about contemporary American Indian literature by describing his own experiences as a child on the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana and as a professor at the University of Oregon. Larson argues that contemporary Native American literary criticism is stalled. On one hand are the scholars who portray Indians stereotypically, assuming that the experiences of all tribal groups have largely been the same. On the other hand are those scholars who focus on the �authenticity� of the writer. In contrast, Larson considers the scholarship of Vine Deloria, Jr., who has a genuine understanding of the balance required in dealing with these issues. Two writers who have successfully redescribed many of the contemporary romantic stereotypes are James Welch and Louise Erdrich, both northern Plains Indians whose works are markedly different, their writing highlighting the disparate ways tribal groups have responded to colonization. Larson describes Indians today as postapocalyptic peoples who have already lived through the worst imaginable suffering. By confronting the issues of fear, suppression, and lost identity through literature, Indians may finally move forward to imagine and create for themselves a better future, serving as models for the similarly fractured cultures found throughout the world today.

Enduring Legacies

Enduring Legacies Author Bruce Elliott Johansen
ISBN-10 0313321043
Release 2004
Pages 365
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The first book to address the present-day implications of Native American treaties as they apply to land claims (such as two-thirds of the state of Maine); retention of natural resources (such as oil and gas); and the proper use of the massive profits from gambling enterprises.

Sacred Sites and Repatriation

Sacred Sites and Repatriation Author Joe Watkins
ISBN-10 9781438101293
Release 2009-01-01
Pages 122
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An issue of paramount concern to the Native American community, repatriation as it relates to sacred sites is explored in detail from both sides of the ongoing debate.

Politics and Aesthetics in Contemporary Native American Literature

Politics and Aesthetics in Contemporary Native American Literature Author Matthew Herman
ISBN-10 9781135163549
Release 2010-02-01
Pages 154
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Over the last twenty years, Native American literary studies has taken a sharp political turn. In this book, Matthew Herman provides the historical framework for this shift and examines the key moments in the movement away from cultural analyses toward more politically inflected and motivated perspectives. He highlights such notable cases as the prevailing readings of the popular within Native American writing; the Silko-Erdrich controversy; the ongoing debate over the comparative value of nationalism versus cosmopolitanism within Native American literature and politics; and the status of native nationalism in relation to recent critiques of the nation coming from postmodernism, postcolonialism, and subaltern studies. Herman concludes that the central problematic defining the last two decades of Native American literary studies has involved the emergence in theory of anti-colonial nationalism, its variants, and its contradictions. This study will be a necessary addition for students and scholars of Native American Studies as well as 20th-century literature.

Indian Country

Indian Country Author Gail Guthrie Valaskakis
ISBN-10 9781554588107
Release 2009-08-03
Pages 304
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Since first contact, Natives and newcomers have been involved in an increasingly complex struggle over power and identity. Modern “Indian wars” are fought over land and treaty rights, artistic appropriation, and academic analysis, while Native communities struggle among themselves over membership, money, and cultural meaning. In cultural and political arenas across North America, Natives enact and newcomers protest issues of traditionalism, sovereignty, and self-determination. In these struggles over domination and resistance, over different ideologies and Indian identities, neither Natives nor other North Americans recognize the significance of being rooted together in history and culture, or how representations of “Indianness” set them in opposition to each other. In Indian Country: Essays on Contemporary Native Culture, Gail Guthrie Valaskakis uses a cultural studies approach to offer a unique perspective on Native political struggle and cultural conflict in both Canada and the United States. She reflects on treaty rights and traditionalism, media warriors, Indian princesses, powwow, museums, art, and nationhood. According to Valaskakis, Native and non-Native people construct both who they are and their relations with each other in narratives that circulate through art, anthropological method, cultural appropriation, and Native reappropriation. For Native peoples and Others, untangling the past—personal, political, and cultural—can help to make sense of current struggles over power and identity that define the Native experience today. Grounded in theory and threaded with Native voices and evocative descriptions of “Indian” experience (including the author’s), the essays interweave historical and political process, personal narrative, and cultural critique. This book is an important contribution to Native studies that will appeal to anyone interested in First Nations’ experience and popular culture.

Invisible Indians

Invisible Indians Author David Jay Minderhout
ISBN-10 1604975113
Release 2008
Pages 242
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Pennsylvania is one of the few states that neither contains a reservation nor officially recognizes any Native American group. The stance of state government is that there are no Native Americans in the state. However, there is a large and growing community of Native Americans that is growing more active and more frustrated with the state's position. Invisible Indians is based on three years of research with Native Americans in Pennsylvania. The authors have crossed the state to attend powwows and tribal meetings, as well as interview individual Indians. Based on several, extensive ethnographic interviews, this book provide an extremely insightful account of Native Americans in Pennsylvania. The book also examines the history of Native American/government relationships within the state, as well as critical issues such as casino gambling and state recognition that are the crux of current negotiations. The book is also about the ways Pennsylvania's Native Americans are reinventing their history and their cultures to meet their own social and psychological (identity) needs. This book is a much-needed addition to the literature on Native American identity today--the critical issue in contemporary Native American politics. The book also debunks the official state stance that no Native Americans exist in Pennsylvania. Invisible Indians will be a valuable reference both to social scientists interested in personal identity issues as well as all interested in Pennsylvania cultures and issues.

Native American Education

Native American Education Author Lorraine Hale
ISBN-10 9781576073636
Release 2002
Pages 308
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This authoritative volume puts the schooling of Native American children in the broader context of the country's educational agenda and demonstrates how Native American learning continues to be a challenge to minority education in the United States. * Presents a historical background on the evolution of Native American education from the advancing colonization of North America beginning in the 1700s to the increasing government involvement in running Native American schools through the 1900s * Includes coverage from the efforts of the Jesuits beginning in 1492 to teach Native Americans in Spanish and convert them to Catholicism to the publication in 1991 of Indian Nations at Risk by the Department of Education

Cultural Representation in Native America

Cultural Representation in Native America Author Andrew Jolivétte
ISBN-10 0759109850
Release 2006
Pages 205
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An edited volume that tackles the contemporary issues facing Native Americans through community activism, politics, economics, and legislation.

Native American Studies

Native American Studies Author Clara Sue Kidwell
ISBN-10 0803278292
Release 2005
Pages 160
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Native American Studies covers key issues such as the intimate relationship of culture to land; the nature of cultural exchange and conflict in the period after European contact; the unique relationship of Native communities with the United States government; the significance of language; the vitality of contemporary cultures; and the variety of Native artistic styles, from literature and poetry to painting and sculpture to performance arts.

Social Change and Cultural Continuity Among Native Nations

Social Change and Cultural Continuity Among Native Nations Author Duane Champagne
ISBN-10 0759110018
Release 2007
Pages 362
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The book defines the broad parameters of social change for Native Nations in the 21st century, as well as their prospects for cultural continuity. It will be an excellent resource for use in sociology, ethnic studies or Native American studies classes. Champagne teaches with his collection for a course that usually has 100-140 students each term. Many of the themes Champagne tackles are of general interest in the study of social change, from governmental, economic, religious, and environmental perspectives. Issues of cultural continuity are central to Native American studies programs, and the book would be valuable for use in introductory courses in Native American studies, but is designed for graduate students and undergraduates, especially in Indian studies.

Health and Social Issues of Native American Women

Health and Social Issues of Native American Women Author Jennie R. Joe
ISBN-10 9780313397141
Release 2012-09-20
Pages 289
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This book serves as a much-needed source of information on the social and health issues that impact the health of Native American women in the United States, accompanied by invaluable historical, cultural, and other contextual data about this sociocultural group.