American Indians and National Forests
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.
“[An] important and useful new study.”—NAIS
“Catton’s work is certainly very worthwhile for readers interested in the history of federal public lands as well as federal-Indian relations.”—American Indian Culture and Research Journal
“Catton has provided historians and Indian studies scholars with an informative and insightful institutional history of Forest Service– Indian relations.”—American Indian Quarterly
“American Indians and National Forests is a model for the kind of thoughtful and balanced work to which all public historians—and especially historical consultants—should aspire.”—Public Historian
“Catton’s contribution is an excellent resource for natural resource managers working with tribal governments and researchers interested in studying aspects of American Indian relationships with land management agencies.”—Agricultural History