Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

February 1991


Published in Great Plains Research 1:1 (February 1991), pp. 179–180. Copyright © 1991 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


Anyone who has seriously studied United States-American Indian relations will be familiar with the work of Francis Paul Prucha. Perhaps the foremost scholar in this area, Prucha has published more than 20 books over the course of three decades, including the definitive synthesis of Federal Indian policy, The Great Father, which appeared in 1984 (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press). Less well known is Prucha's abiding interest in maps. In the preface to his new book, an Atlas of American Indian Affairs, Prucha admits that he has "long been fascinated by graphic display of statistical data, especially the presentation of geographical relationships on maps". Over the years, for his own use, he has mapped data on Indian populations, cessions, agencies, schools, and so on. Now, with the publication of these black and white maps, Prucha has provided scholars with an invaluable cartographic reference to Indian affairs, both past and present.