Book/Media Reviews

Broken Landscape: Indians, Indian Tribes, and the Constitution

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By Frank Pommersheim Oxford University Press (2009) Review by Michael W. Simpson In a previous book, Braid of Feathers: American Indian Law and Contemporary Tribal Life (1995), Frank Pommersheim provided an inside-out view of federal Indian law. In Broken Landscapes, he provides an outside-in look at what has gone wrong within federal Indian law at (more)

How Race Survived U.S. History: From Settlement and Slavery to the Obama Phenomenon

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By David R. Roediger Verso (2008) Review by Michael W. Simpson With current claims of a post-racial United States and the increasing use of colorblind racism by a power elite, this book comes at an important time. It reminds us that while “the Cadillac of white supremacy has undergone centuries of model changes,” there have (more)

Ghost Dances and Identity: Prophetic Religion and American Indian Ethnogenesis in the Nineteenth Century

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By Gregory E. Smoak University of California Press (2006) Review by Bradley Shreve When most of us think of the Ghost Dance, we invariably conjure up images of the Lakota and the massacre at Wounded Knee on that cold December day in 1890. Gregory Smoak’s recent book, Ghost Dances and Identity, shows that the religious (more)

Conservation Refugees: The Hundred-Year Conflict between Global Conservation and Native Peoples

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By Mark Dowie MIT Press (2009) Review by Dr. James J. Garrett This book investigates and documents the role that international conservation groups play in designating global “ecological hotspots” and then in some cases effecting removal of the original inhabitants to create so-called “protected areas.” Mark Dowie illustrates how fortress conservation, the total exclusion of (more)

Extra Indians

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By Eric Gansworth Milkweed Press (2010) Review by Ryan Winn Eric Gansworth’s fourth novel, Extra Indians, opens with Vietnam veteranturned- truck driver, Tommy Jack McMorsey, and his ill-fated attempt to help a misguided Japanese tourist survive her quest to find the lost treasure of the film, Fargo. The consequences of Tommy Jack’s helpfulness lead to (more)

Tradition and Culture in the Millennium: Tribal Colleges and Universities

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Edited by Linda Sue Warner and Gerald E. Gipp Information Age Publishing (2009) Review by Michael W. Simpson When speaking before classes or other groups, I always try to include something about one of the most incredible developments in my lifetime: the creation and growth of tribal colleges and universities (TCUs). Higher education history books (more)

The State of the Native Nations: Conditions under U.S. Policies of Self-Determination

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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 (more)

Navajo Courts and Navajo Common Law: A Tradition of Tribal Self-Governance

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By Raymond D. Austin University of Minnesota Press (2009) Review by Michael W. Simpson This review is necessarily personal. I went to law school with the hope I might help people like me – poor in material wealth but hardworking. Unfortunately, I discovered a legal system that protects the privileged even as it sometimes allowed (more)

Waterbuster

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Written, edited and produced by J. Carlos Peinado & Daphne D. Ross Directed by J. Carlos Peinado VisionMaker Video (2006) 57 minutes Review by Ryan Tafoya In 1953, when the U.S. government built the Garrison Dam on the Missouri River in central North Dakota, it wiped out the town of Independence. And if you were (more)

Bringing Memory Forward: Storied Remembrance in Social Justice Education with Teachers

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By Teresa Strong-Wilson Peter Lang Publishing (2008) Review by Michael W. Simpson Research shows that white teachers are the most resistant learners when it comes to challenging white privilege and power. Indeed, within our schools, we have been offering new curricula without achieving much actual change. So, how will white teachers ever change? Bringing Memory (more)