"Retained by The People": A History of American Indians and the Bill of Rights (Bicentennial Essays on the Bill of Rights)

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This vivid chronicle is the first in-depth, comprehensive history of the relationship between American Indians and the Bill of Rights, tracing developments and issues from 1491 to the present. After providing a thorough examination of rights and legal status as perceived by Native Americans, addressing such topics as conduct and collective rights, "Retained by The People" recounts the various brutal forms of colonialism forced upon indigenous nations by European and American settlers through the beginning of 1900, then gives a balanced and detailed analysis of twentieth-century events that have shaped Native American rights under the United States constitution. The author explores attacks on Indian culture in the 1920s, the empowerment of tribal governments during the thirties, and federal attempts at cultural liquidation through the forties, fifties, and sixties. With the first detailed assessment of the 1968 Indian Bill of Rights and a complete narrative of Native American efforts toward achieving limited sovereignty and unlimited rights over the past three decades, "Retained by The People" will be vital to anyone interested in Native American history or U.S. constitutional law.

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John R. Wunder, Professor of History, and Director of the Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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"Anyone familiar with the complexities of the history of Native American relationships with the federal Bill of Rights will be grateful to John R. Wunder for his successful attempt at clarifying them within a 278-page book."--The Journal of American History

"An excellent summary of the contradictions in the application of the Bill of Rights and the Indian Bill of Rights to Native American tribes."--Howard Meredith, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

"[A] well crafted book. It provides a clear framework into which the author places the significant constitutional issues related to Native Americans in the twentieth century."--Journal of Church and State

"A unique work! Necessary for courses on Native Americans."--Joseph Ellis, Trenton State College

"Well researched and accessible, Retained by the People...provides critical context for contemporary questions..."--Western Historical Quarterly

"Wunder's analysis provides a sorely needed broad historical context to properly explore the political meanings of the ongoing Native American legal struggles for self-determination and individual liberty."--Choice

"This book is most informative as it covers a topic about which most people do not know a lot, and it does it in an easy-to-read manner."--Robert Langran, Villanova University

"Excellent discussion of an important but neglected and misunderstood topic."--Thomas Keating, Arizona State University

"A most interesting book, one on a topic that I have not previously seen. Well written and certainly well documented. It should be read by anyone involved in the history of the Native American or by those who simply want a better understanding of this fine group of people."--David Robinson, University of Houston-Downtown

"Looks wonderful! I teach a federal Indian law class and will probably order it as a required text."--Lisa E. Emmrich, California State University, Chico

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