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Harry S Truman oversaw the beginning of a dramatic shift in the relationship between the U.S. government and Native Americans. Not generally associated with Native Americans or Native American affairs, Truman's presidency marked the end of the Indian New Deal begun under the Roosevelt administration and the start of a policy known as "termination", which anticipated the end of tribalism and the assimilation of all Native Americans by encompassing final compensation for tribal grievances, relocation to urban centres, and a dismantling of the trust relationship between the government and Native American nations. Truman, influenced by Cold War politics, Republican opposition in Congress, and the growing civil rights movement, attempted to honour the promises of the U.S. government and support tribal self-determination while upholding the broader goals of termination. Drawn from contributions by scholars, activists, attorneys, politicians, and representatives from several Native American nations, this collection considers the immediate effects of termination, as well as its long-term consequences.
Rather than leading to the destruction of Native American sovereignty and culture, one of the legacies of termination was the rise of modern Native American activism. And, as Brian Hosmer writes in the introduction, Truman would have appreciated "the resolve demonstrated by Native people, and their efforts toward realising self-sufficiency and self-government".
Brian Hosmer is associate professor of history and American Indian studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago and director of The Newberry Library's D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History. Colleen O'Neill is associate professor of history at Utah State University and associate editor of Western Historical Quarterly.
Release date Australia
April 14th, 2010
Edited by Brian Hosmer
Country of Publication
b/w photos & illus
Truman State University Press
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