The State of the Native Nations: Conditions under U.S. Policies of Self-DeterminationNov 15th, 2010 | By bshreve | Category: 22-2: Crossing Borders, Winter 2010, Media Reviews
By the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development
Oxford University Press (2008)
Review by Bradley Shreve
For those of us who are instructors and academics of Native history and/or Native Studies, our job is to remain abreast of new scholarship and studies in our field. The Harvard Project’s new book, The State of the Native Nations, stands as one of the most important and informative publications in Native Studies of the past decade.
The book is a survey of the social, political, cultural, and economic status of American Indian communities today. Numerous Native and non- Native scholars contributed to the work, drawing upon a wealth of sources. The book is divided into four main sections and covers tribes as political entities, tribal economic development, social development (including education, housing, and family life), and culture and arts. There is also a final section on Natives of Alaska and Hawaii and urban Indians.
As both a formal study and a textbook, this is the ideal book for introductory courses in Native Studies, as well as for sociology, political science, and economics courses concerned with American Indians.
Bradley Shreve is chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division at Diné College where he teaches history and is currently revising his book, Red Power Rising, for the University of Oklahoma Press.