Indian Resilience and Rebuilding
Indigenous Nations in the Modern American West
Fixico identifies the tools to this empowerment such as education, navigation within cultural systems, modern Indian leadership, and indigenized political economy. He explains how these tools helped Indian communities to rebuild their nations. Fixico constructs an Indigenous paradigm of Native ethos and reality that drives Indian modern political economies heading into the twenty-first century.
This illuminating and comprehensive analysis of Native nation’s resilience in the twentieth century demonstrates how Native Americans reinvented themselves, rebuilt their nations, and ultimately became major forces in the United States. Indian Resilience and Rebuilding, redefines how modern American history can and should be told.
“Indian Resilience and Rebuilding is a significant contribution to the small but growing literature on the reconstruction of Native Nations in the 20th century. Most of these focus narrowly on a specific Nation or on a single aspect of the rebuilding process such as education or economics. This study, however, provides a broader context within which to explore the process and outcome, and this wider view takes the reader across Indian Country.” —Kathleen P. Chamberlain, author of Victorio: Apache Warrior and Chief
“Several books on American Indian politics and activism have been published in recent years, but Fixico offers a wide-ranging narrative of post-Civil War American Indian history told from the analytical angle of an 'Indigenous paradigm.' It both synthesizes new scholarship and offers new coverage of important American Indian contexts such as relocation and repatriation, bringing the story of adaptation and cultural survival into the 21st century.” —Paul C. Rosier, author of Serving Their Country: American Indian Politics and Patriotism in the Twentieth Century