It may be hard for us to understand why these Indians cling so tenaciously to their lands and traditional tribal way of life. The record does not leave the impression that the lands are the most fertile, the landscape the most beautiful or their homes the most splendid examples of architecture. But this is their home--their ancestral home. There they, their children and their forebears were born. They, too, have their memories and their loves. Some things are worth more than the costs of a new enterprise.
--United State Supreme Court Decision, Federal Power Commission v. Tuscarora Indian Nation ( 1960)
J0HN C0LLIER GREW up a miserable child in Georgia. His mother died young and his father killed himself. He spent his early life searching for meaning, he wrote years later, but found mostly disenchantment.
Professionally trained as a social worker, Collier spent a difficult dozen years in New York City's settlement houses, futilely trying to establish com-