The Great Confusion in Indian Affairs: Native Americans and Whites in the Progressive Era

The Great Confusion in Indian Affairs: Native Americans and Whites in the Progressive Era

The Great Confusion in Indian Affairs: Native Americans and Whites in the Progressive Era

The Great Confusion in Indian Affairs: Native Americans and Whites in the Progressive Era

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This study has spent a long time in scholastic limbo. Its first materialization was as my doctoral dissertation, done in 1978 under the able direction of Professors Arrell M. Gibson, H. Wayne Morgan, Jonathan W. Spurgeon, and Norman Crockett at the University of Oklahoma. From it I gleaned a few articles and a stack of lecture notes. At the time I thought that the articles would be sufficient evidence of scholarship that would, in turn, support my teaching career. Consequently, I did not put a great deal of effort into getting my dissertation published as a book. Besides, I had embarked upon a longterm study of Native American veterans of the Vietnam War—a project that was very close to my heart because I am a Native veteran of that conflict—which required a series of subsidiary studies in military history, political cultures, social psychology, and ethnological methods.

What prompted me to take up the dusty manuscript again was the fact that over the years I have gained several new perspectives and have expanded my knowledge as a result of stepping outside of my academic training. Although my doctorate was in history, I have not served in a department of history since 1979. I have been affiliated with an American Indian studies program that has encouraged inter- and multidisciplinary approaches to studying Native topics that transcend the traditional disciplines of history, anthropology, and sociology. Additionally, I spent fourteen years in a political science department, during which time I gained a good deal of know-how and appreciation for critical thought from the likes of Joyotpaul Chaudhuri, Jim Clarke, Cliff Lytle, and Vine Deloria, Jr. I also came under the influence of the . . .

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