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Native America: A History


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Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

List of Maps xi

Introduction 1

1 Myths and Legends 7

The Beginning of the World 7

Rules for Living 13

Bears 21

2 Worlds New and Worlds Old 25

The Fundamental Violence of Discovery 25

Paths of Destruction 26

Tsenacommacah 33

The Mohegans 39

New Worlds 44

3 Living in the New World 45

Mourning Wars 45

Colonizing the Mohegans 49

The Word of God 51

Colonizing the Powhatans 55

Forging the Covenant Chain 58

Native Peoples and the French in a World of War 59

The Pueblos' Revolt 63

Horses 67

The Grand Settlement 70

The Cherokees 72

Native Peoples and the Nature of Empires 76

4 Native Peoples and the Fall of European Empires 79

Penn's Woods 79

The Potawatomis in a World of Conflicting Empires 80

Settlement and Unsettledness 83

Life at the Western Door 87

Behind the Frontier 89

The Great Wars for Empire 96

The Proclamation and the Indian Boundary Line 105

Indians and Empires 107

5 Native Peoples and the Rise of a New American Empire 109

Change in the Far Western World 109

Declarations of Independence 120

The Revolution and the Longhouse 123

Cherokees and Chickamaugas 125

England's Allies and the Confederation 128

The Six Nations and the Empire State 130

Confederations 132

A New Order for the Ages 133

1794, A Year of Consequence 137

The White Man's Republic 139

6 Relocations and Removes 141

The Mohegans' Struggle for Independence 141

The Rise of the Prophet 146

Handsome Lake 151

Dispossessing the Senecas 155

Pioneers and Exiles 159

Removing from the Missions 169

The Optimism of the Imperialist 170

7 The Invasion of the Great West 171

Pledges and Promises 171

Settling In and Settling Down 179

Homesteaders 182

Concentration 186

The Indians' Civil War 195

Peace and War 197

8 The Age of Dispossession 211

"Conform To It or Be Crushed By It" 211

Spelatch 212

Ghost Dancers 215

The Assault on Indian Identity 217

Living Under the New Regime 221

The New Life in the Indian Territory 225

The Crows and the Life on the Northern Plains 234

Native Peoples in the Eastern United States 238

A Movement for Reform 242

The Origins of the Indian New Deal 245

9 New Deals and Old Deals 249

Reforming Indian Policy 249

Native Peoples and World War II 255

Termination and the Coalminer's Canary 259

Cleaning the Slate 266

New Frontiers 270

Red Power 272

10 Sovereign Nations and Colonized Nations 281

The Importance of 1978 282

The State of the Nations 285

Exercising Sovereignty 292

Toward the Future 300

Bibliography 303

Index 345

About the Author

Michael Leroy Oberg is Distinguished Professor of History at SUNY-Geneseo. The author of seven books on Native American history, Oberg received a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2003 and a Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship in 2013.

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