American Indians and National Forests
Paperback ($26.95), Ebook ($26.95)
American Indians and National Forests tells the story of how the U.S. Forest Service and tribal nations dealt with sweeping changes in forest use, ownership, and management over the last century and a half. Indians and U.S. foresters came together over a shared conservation ethic on many cooperative endeavors; yet, they often clashed over how the nation’s forests ought to be valued and cared for on matters ranging from huckleberry picking and vision quests to road building and recreation development.
Marginalized in American society and long denied a seat at the table of public land stewardship, American Indian tribes have at last taken their rightful place and are making themselves heard. Weighing indigenous perspectives on the environment is an emerging trend in public land management in the United States and around the world. The Forest Service has been a strong partner in that movement over the past quarter century.
“Catton covers a range of important issues, from specific case studies of tribal and USFS failures and successes, to macro-level discussions about Indian law, federal land use, and the nature of tribal sovereignty.”—Jeffrey P. Shepherd, author of We Are an Indian Nation: A History of the Hualapai People
“This book is an important first step to understand American Indian and USFS history. It will form the basis for subsequent scholarship into tribal perspectives on the USFS relationship, specific case studies, and how American Indians have contributed to U.S. conservation history.”—Western Historical Quarterly
“[An] important and useful new study.”—NAIS