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Power from Powerlessness: Tribal Governments, Institutional Niches, and American Federalism

Laura Evans


As American Indian tribes seek to overcome centuries of political and social marginalization, they face daunting obstacles. The successes of some tribal casinos have lured many outside observers into thinking that gambling revenue alone can somehow mend the devastation of culture, community, natural resources, and sacred spaces. The reality is quite different. Tribal officials often plan and execute their strategies amidst dilapidated offices, meager budgets, and populations that struggle against the ravages of shockingly low incomes. Yet we find examples of Indian tribes persuading states, lo ... More

Keywords: American Indian, institutions, federalism, race, politics, policy, tribal government

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199742745
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199742745.001.0001


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Laura Evans, author
University of Washington
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