Native American Self-Determination and Federal Indian Policy, 1975–1993
Drawing on unpublished presidential papers and other archival sources, Castile chronicles the efforts of three presidents to uphold Richard Nixon’s commitment to policy change, weighing such issues as the impact of Reaganomics and the advent of Indian gaming. He examines the marginalizing of Indian policy in both the executive and legislative branches in the face of larger issues, as well as the recurring tendency of policy to be driven by a single determined individual, such as South Dakota senator James Abourezk. Although self-determination is roundly advocated by all concerned with federal Indian policy, until now no book has provided a grasp of both its background and its implications. Taking Charge is an essential contribution to the critical study of that policy that allows a better understanding of contemporary Indian affairs.
“Solid and useful, and should become a standard source on this time period.”—Western Historical Quarterly
"George Pierre Castile is a nationally recognized authority on American Indian policy. Indeed he is the authority on the history of the Indian self-determination policy.”—Thomas Biolsi, University of California, Berkeley