Organizing the Lakota: The Political Economy of the New Deal on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations

Organizing the Lakota The Political Economy of the New Deal on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations In the United States Office of Indian Affairs began a major reform of Indian policy organizing tribal governments under the provisions of the Indian Reorganization Act and turning over the admin

  • Title: Organizing the Lakota: The Political Economy of the New Deal on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations
  • Author: Thomas Biolsi
  • ISBN: 9780816511273
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1933 the United States Office of Indian Affairs began a major reform of Indian policy, organizing tribal governments under the provisions of the Indian Reorganization Act and turning over the administration of reservations to these new bodies Organizing the Lakota considers the implementation of this act among the Lakota Western Sioux or Teton Dakota from 1933 througIn 1933 the United States Office of Indian Affairs began a major reform of Indian policy, organizing tribal governments under the provisions of the Indian Reorganization Act and turning over the administration of reservations to these new bodies Organizing the Lakota considers the implementation of this act among the Lakota Western Sioux or Teton Dakota from 1933 through 1945.Biolsi pays particular attention to the administrative means by which the OIA retained the power to design and implement tribal self government as well as the power to control the flow of critical resources rations, relief employment, credit to the reservations He also shows how this imbalance of power between the tribes and the federal bureaucracy influenced politics on the reservations, and argues that the crisis of authority faced by the Lakota tribal governments among their own would be constituents most dramatically demonstrated by the 1973 Wounded Knee occupation is a direct result of their disempowerment by the United States.

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    1. This study of the Lakota Sioux in the twentieth century focuses on the internal conflict between "New Dealers" who supported the U.S. government's Indian Reorganization Act (1934) and "Old Dealers" who wanted to return to the nation's older, consensus-based political system. Biolsi finds it intriguing that so many Lakotas supported the "Old Deal," since their older tribal council was a product of the repressive regime instituted by the United States in the late nineteenth century. After the wars [...]

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