American Indian and Alaska Native Peoples

A History of Reservations, Villages, and Communities

by Veronica E. Velarde Tiller, Editor


The United States has 574 federally recognized American Indian tribes whose members compose 1.6 percent of the nation's population.

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January 2021


Pages 740
Volumes 2
Size 7x10
Topics Race and Ethnicity/American Indian Studies
  American History/Race and Ethnicity
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This indispensable resource for students investigates the nation's modern American Indian reservations, their economic history, and their peoples in order to understand how and why Indian lands and economies developed and what makes them important.

Providing the historical context of the settlement of America from coast to coast and border to border from colonial to recent times, this two-volume set portrays how today's 574 American Indian reservations and Alaskan Native Villages were created, shedding light on how Indian people have surmounted political, economic, and social challenges they faced as a dispossessed people to a people with special legal status who live on their sovereign lands with modern governments and viable tribal economies.

Readers will learn where Indian lands, reservations, villages, and communities are located, what the demographics are, and how Indian people live and work on reservations. Highlighted tribal histories show the significant events and issues that have had a national economic impact on Indian lands, and essays explain the unique legal status of Indian lands from the treaty era to the 1971 Native Alaskan Land Settlement Act.

Ten major topics are organized chronologically by time period. A comprehensive chart provides demographic data on all 574 American Indian Reservations and Alaskan Native Villages, while a bibliography and an index provide additional information.


  • Shows readers that Indian people are alive and well and live today in America as any other American, with more than 20 percent living on reservations
  • Provides comprehensive information and demographic data for the 574 modern American Indian tribes and Alaskan native villages located in 34 states
  • Describes the critical role that Indian lands have played in the economic growth and development of America from colonial to recent times
  • Provides tribal economic histories for approximately 40 of the major reservations, with topics ranging from agriculture to forestry and from gaming to green energy
  • Sheds light on the Alaskan Native Corporations and Native Villages as a unique modern model for economic development, which is generally excluded in standard written accounts of Native American economic histories
Author Info

Veronica E. Velarde Tiller, PhD, a member of the Jicarilla Apache Nation of New Mexico, is author of The Jicarilla Apache Tribe: 1846 to 1980 and The Culture and Customs of Apache Indians as well as editor and publisher of three editions of Tiller's Guide to Indian Country: Economic Profiles of American Indian Reservations. Tiller has contributed to ABC-CLIO's Encyclopedia of American History as well as articles for the Handbook of North American Indians, New Mexico 2050, and Telling New Mexico: A History.

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