AMERICAN INDIANS TODAY by Olga Hoyt

AMERICAN INDIANS TODAY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The oil-and-gas rich Jicarilla Apaches and the nearly extinct Chukchansi tribe of California (whose reservation population had dwindled to three at the time of ""termination"" in 1961) are among the diverse groups found in this region-by-region survey of the current economic situation of the American Indian. On the whole, however, the tribes visited differ largely in the degree of their poverty, though Hoyt finds that the economic potential of reservation lands vary greatly and looks everywhere for signs of progress. She advocates attracting industry and tourists to the reservations, but opposes the policy of termination and sees a bleak future for those ""asphalt"" Indians who have attempted to integrate into urban life, but her criticisms of the BIA are matched by condemnation of those tribes which have failed to translate valuable land and resources into income for their individual members. Though the description and prognosis for each individual tribe is necessarily brief, this should be a useful one volume background book.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1972
Publisher: Abelard-Schuman