Magazine article American Forests

Indian Country, God's Country: Native Americans and the National Parks

Magazine article American Forests

Indian Country, God's Country: Native Americans and the National Parks

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Indian Country, God's Country: Native Americans and the National Parks by Philip Burnham

$27.50. Island Pms, 2000.

This is a compelling book about conflict over the lands that are now part of five national parks: Glacier, Badlands, Mesa Verde, Grand Canyon, and Death Valley. It is, in the author's words, "about stubbornness, compromise, cooperation, and betrayal."

And it is a sad story about the involvement of public agencies in removing Indians from lands that were to become these national parks. While its focus is on the National Park Service (NPS), other USDI agencies and the Forest Service are clearly implicated in the wrenching history of native Americans since the 1880s.

Part I covers the early history of the National Park System, federal commissions that acquired Indian territory by forced land sales and nefarious policies intended to negate tribal land claims, and congressional actions from 1950 to 1980 to expand and develop parks at the expense of native sovereignty. …

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