Native America Today
A Guide to Community Politics and Culture
by Barry M. Pritzker
December 1999, 453pp, 8 1/2 x 11
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-57607-077-2
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Its easy to find out how indians lived 100 years ago. Getting an accurate picture of their life today is another matter. This reference work focuses exclusively on contemporary reservation-based political, social, economic, and cultural concerns—from education, health, and tribal identity to sacred sites, sovereignty, and more.

Using an organizational scheme unique among reference works, Native America Today presents 13 “mini-chapters” on individual topics (e.g., “Crafts,” “Media,” “Representation”), each of which gives an overview of the subject and provides case studies that relate the topic to recent events in select tribal groups.

The second major section of the work is devoted to contemporary profiles of tribes and tribal groups, from Apache to Zuni, including a brief history of each, population and geographic data, form of government, and notable leaders.

A general index covers both major sections, making this guide supremely accessible. The text is further enhanced by black and white illustrations and an extensive documents section.


  • A comprehensive index covers both major sections of the book, making this guide supremely accessible
  • Includes black and white illustrations
Barry Pritzker is a professional writer specializing in American history and college writing. He taught at the Taos Indian Pueblo in New Mexico and is a former Fellow at the Newberry Library's Center for the History of the American Indian Summer Institute. He is a contributing author for the Dictionary of American Biography.


"This work will serve as a basic tool for those researching the current status of Native American affairs. It will be useful in school, undergraduate, and public libraries."—American Reference Books Annual, January 1, 2000

"For audiences requiring in depth information or case studies on any of the issues that are addressed, this is an excellent source ... Recommended for public, high school, and academic libraries."—Booklist, May 1, 2000

"Recommended for public and academic libraries, particularly those with strong Native American collections."—Library Journal, January 1, 2000

"...this volume is distinctive in its focus on contemporary issues and their influence exclusively on the daily lives of Native American people ... certain to be indispensable for any academic or public library interested in Native American studies ... It will make a valuable addition to just about any collection and is highly recommended."—Reference & User Services Quarterly, December 1, 2000

"Native America Today is an excellent resource, including a full bibliography [and] a key to other resources on Native American studies ... [It] is an excellent, balanced, comprehensive resource."—The Midwest Book Review, 00/00/00
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