Blood Struggle

The Rise of Modern Indian Nations

Charles F. Wilkinson (Author)


"A stirring history of the tribal sovereignty movement." —Publishers Weekly

For generations, Indian people suffered a grinding poverty and political and cultural suppression on the reservations. But tenacious and visionary tribal leaders refused to give in. They knew their rights and insisted that the treaties be honored. Against all odds, beginning shortly after World War II, they began to succeed. Blood Struggle explores how Indian tribes took their hard-earned sovereignty and put it to work for Indian peoples and the perpetuation of Indian culture. This is the story of wrongs righted and noble ideals upheld: the modern tribal sovereignty movement deserves to be spoken of in the same breath as the civil rights, environmental, and women’s movements.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • May 2006
  • ISBN 978-0-393-32850-9
  • 5.6 × 8.3 in / 560 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

Blood Struggle is a surprisingly encouraging book about cultural revival and Native people making and taking power since World War II.” — Rebecca Solnit, New York Times Book Review

“[Wilkinson is] a sympathetic and insightful authority…and a meticulous cultural scholar and author…Blood Struggle is certain to stimulate public discourse on this necessary subject.” — John A. Murray, Bloomsbury Review

“An impressive and empathetic book.” — Jeff Baker, The Oregonian

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