"Indian reservations" were the United States' ultimate solution to the "problem" of what to do with native peoples who already occupiedthe western lands that Anglo settlers wanted. In this broadly inclusive study, Richard J. Perry considers the historical development of the reservation system and its contemporary relationship to the American state, with comparisons to similar phenomena in Canada, Australia, and South Africa.
The San Carlos Apache Reservation of Arizona provides the lens through which Perry views reservation issues. One of the oldest and largest reservations, its location in a minerals- and metals-rich area has often brought it into conflict with powerful private and governmental interests. Indeed, Perry argues that the reservation system is best understood in terms of competition for resources among interest groups through time within the hegemony of the state. He asserts that full control over their resources—and hence, over their lives—would address many of the Apache's contemporary economic problems.
Chapter One. The Reservation
Chapter Two. Apache Origins: The Subarctic Base and the Odyssey to the Southwest
Chapter Three. The Apache and the Spanish State
Chapter Four. The Apache in the Nineteenth Century
Chapter Five. The Apache and the American State
Chapter Six. San Carlos after Mid-century
Chapter Seven. Political Economy in San Carlos
Chapter Eight. Trajectories and Trends
Richard J. Perry is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at St. Lawrence University, where he taught from 1971 to 2004 and was founding Chair of the Department of Anthropology, serving as chair for sixteen years.
". . . this book should be of considerable interest among the general public.It should be a step toward satisfying their general need to be well informed [about Indian affairs] in today's world."
—Charles H. Lange, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb
Southern Books Competition, 1993
SOUTHEASTERN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION