American Indians: Answers to Today’s Questions


Author: Jack Utter

Genre: Non-Fiction

Page Count: 494

Publication Date: 2001

Summary: In a question-and-answer format, this book explores the past and present situation of American Indians.  Topics range from Treaties and Agreements, Culture and Religion, Warfare and Health to Education and Land and Resources. Because tribes vary, this book gives a broad overview of Native Americans.

Recommended: Yes.  Though my professor assigned this book as a textbook, it would make an interesting read, either all the way through or just the questions that you find relevant.

If You’re Offended: No problems here.

Noteworthy Excerpts: “Today it is generally the tribes which define who is and who is not a member – though Congress ultimately has authority to intervene.”   “Official U.S. military involvement in warfare against American Indians occurred over a 115-year period, from 1776 to 1891. However, the U.S. Army was involved in a dozen or more ‘police actions’ relating to Indian tribes between 1891 and 1907.