Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 2001


Published in Great Plains Research 11:1 (Spring 2001). Copyright © 2001 Center for Great Plains Studies.


In this revision of their 1990 Westview Press edition, the authors state that their aim "is not only to scrutinize the workings of Montana's seven reservation governments but also to identify what is representative of tribal politics throughout the West" (5). A chapter is therefore devoted to an overview of tribal governance in each reservation in Montana.

The major difference here (aside from a much-needed index) is the inclusion of an epilogue, "Tribal Governments in Transition." Users must therefore be cautious: since the authors have not revised each chapter, the information and observations about individual reservations is current only to about 1985. Thus, much of this discussion is no longer "about the condition of contemporary tribal government," as the preface claims.