Behind the Trail of Broken Treaties
An Indian Declaration of Independence
By (author) Vine Deloria
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Behind the Trail of Broken Treaties by Vine Deloria
Book DescriptionOriginally published in 1974, just as the Wounded Knee occupation was coming to an end, Behind the Trail of Broken Treaties raises disturbing questions about the status of American Indians within the American and international political landscapes. Analyzing the history of Indian treaty relations with the United States, Vine Deloria presents population and land ownership information to support his argument that many Indian tribes have more impressive landholdings than some small members of the United Nations. Yet American Indians are not even accorded status within the UN's trust territories recognition process. A 2000 study published by the Annual Survey of International and Comparative Law recommends that the United Nations offer membership to the Iroquois, Cherokee, Navajo, and other Indian tribes. Ironically, the study also recommends that smaller tribes band together to form a confederation to seek membership-a suggestion nearly identical to the one the United States made to the Delaware Indians in 1778-and that a presidential commission explore ways to move beyond the Doctrine of Discovery, under which European nations justified their confiscation of Indian lands. Many of these ideas appear here in this book, which predates the 2000 study by twenty-six years. Thus, Behind the Trail of Broken Treaties anticipates recent events as history comes full circle, making the book imperative reading for anyone wishing to understand the background of the movement of American Indians onto the world political stage. In the quarter century since this book was written, Indian nations have taken great strides in demonstrating their claims to recognized nationhood. Together with Tribes, Treaties, and Constitutional Tribulations, by Deloria and David E. Wilkins, Behind the Trail of Broken Treaties highlights the historical events that helped bring these changes to fruition. At the conclusion of Behind the Trail of Broken Treaties, Deloria states: "The recommendations made in the Twenty Points and the justification for such a change as articulated in the book may well come to pass in our lifetime." Now we are seeing his statement come true.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780292707542
(209mm x 139mm x 23mm)
Imprint: University of Texas Press
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publish Date: 1-Mar-1985
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Vine Deloria
Black Elk Speaks, Paperback (March 2014)
Tells the story of the Oglala Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863-1950) and his people during momentous twilight years of the nineteenth century, offers readers much more than a precious glimpse of a vanished time.
Crazy Horse, Paperback (February 2008)
Crazy Horse, the legendary military leader of the Oglala Sioux whose social non-conformity contributed to his reputation as being "strange," fought in many famous battles, and held out tirelessly against the US government's efforts to confine the Lakotas to reservations. This book offers an evocation of the spirit of Crazy Horse.
For This Land, Paperback (January 1999)
For This Land brings together over twenty-five years of the work of Vine Deloria, Jr., once dubbed "the red man's Ralph Nader." now regarded as one of the most important living Native American figures.
Speaking of Indians, Paperback (June 1998)» View all books by Vine Deloria
Offers an information about Dakota culture and a classic in its elegant clarity of insight. Beginning with a general discussion of American Indian origins, language families, and culture areas, the author focuses on her own people, the Dakotas, and the intricate kinship system that governed all aspects of their life.
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Author Biography - Vine Deloria
Vine Deloria, Jr. (1933-2005), a Standing Rock Sioux, was active in Indian legal and political affairs for several decades.
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