Blood Struggle: The Rise of Modern Indian Nations

Feb 15th, 2007 | By | Category: 18-3: Building Prosperity, Media Reviews

BLOOD STRUGGLE COVERby Charles Wilkinson
W.W. Norton & Co. (2006)
New York, NY
541 pages  ISBN 10: 0-393-32850-3
Paperback $15.95

Review by Michael Simpson

I agree with the Portland Oregonian that Blood Struggle inspires those who think political movements are things past.

The author was an attorney for the Native American Rights Fund during the early 1970s and has negotiated and mediated various conflicts since then. The book focuses on the stories of the personalities and events that made Indian leaders seize the moment in the second half of the 20th century.

The connection of the modern era leaders to the intellectual traditions that D’Arcy McNickle and others maintained during the first half of the century is important to understanding the development of leaders. Wilkinson also recognizes how tribal activities concerning the War on Poverty and specifically the Office of Economic Opportunity (outside the Bureau of Indian Affairs) are a watershed for Indian sovereignty.

This book is essential for anyone wanting to understand modern Indian policy, and it is highly recommended that tribal colleges purchase it.

Michael W. Simpson J.D., M.Ed., is originally from Oklahoma and a descendant from old settler Cherokee. He is currently studying education policy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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