"American Indian Politics and the American Political System is the most comprehensive text written from a political science perspective. It analyzes the structures and functions of indigenous governments (including Alaskan Native communities and Hawaiian Natives) and the distinctive legal and political rights these nations exercise internally. It also examines the fascinating intergovernmental relationship that exists between native nations, the states, and the federal government. In the fourth edition, Wilkins and Stark analyze the challenges facing Indigenous nations as they develop new and innovative strategies to defend and demand recognition of their national character and rights. They also seeks to address issues that continue to plague many nations, such as notions of belonging and citizenship, implementation of governing structures and processes attentive to Indigenous political and legal traditions, and the promotion and enactment of sustainable practices that support our interdependence in an increasingly globalized world." -- Publisher's description.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Tour of Native Peoples and Native Lands -- Indigenous Peoples Are Nations, Not Minorities -- Indigenous Governments: Past, Present, and Future -- Actors in Native Politics -- A History of Federal Indian Policy -- Tribal Political Economy -- Indigenous Political Participation: Patriotism, Suffrage, and Partisanship -- Native Interest Group Activity and Activism -- Native Peoples, Images, and the Media -- Indigenous Nations and the American Political System