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Great Plains Quarterly Vol. 29, No. 3, Summer 2009, pp. 249


Copyright 2009 by the Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska- Lincoln


Despite the degree of American government domination, American Indian activists have managed to create a legacy of change. Beyond Red Power is a must-read for anyone wishing to explore the rich tradition of American Indian politics. The volume brings together historians, anthologists, and legal and media studies scholars. A number of pieces focus on northern and southern Great Plains tribes.

How has a small demographic group that lives in the midst of a dominant society with little commitment to treaty rights managed to ensure political survival and cultural revitalization? This text traces over fifty years of activist and tribal strategies to deal with colonialism" living in the belly of the beast"-where the dominating country is in close geographical proximity. The book traces tribal and community responses to various issues of the past century, including Reorganization, Termination, and Self-Determination. Donald Fixico examines the internal politics of tribes along with external relations with local, state, and federal governments as well as with other tribes. Some segments of American Indian studies at times have portrayed American Indians as passive objects on the margins of their own history. D. Anthony Tyeeme Clark moves American Indian activism from the margins to the center in his study of the Society of American Indians and the influence of American Indian networks.