Daniel F. Littlefield, Jr.
Robert E. Sanderson
Wilcomb E. Washburn, The Assault on Indian Tribalism
Francis Paul Prucha, Documents of United States Indian Policy
Frederick E. Hoxie ed., Talking Back to Civilization
Edward H. Spicer, A Short History of the Indians of the
MAJOR TOPICS COVERED
This course will consist of six major units.
Unit 1: General overview of Indian history and government
policies related to Indians leading to the General Allotment Act of 1887
Unit 2: The General Allotment Act, or Dawes Act, and
its implications for American Indians:
Students will be concerned with the question of land tenure and arrive at conclusions
about why individual land ownership was such a radical departure from traditional
concepts of land holding and about the cultural devastation that resulted from
implementing the allotment policy.
Unit 3: The assimilationist movement:
Students will study the movement that split Indian societies into so-called
cultural "conservatives" and "progressives."
Unit 4: The revitalization movements:
(with emphasis on the Ghost Dance and Native American Church, or peyote church).
Unit 5: The declining economic status:
This unit focuses on the economic decline of Indians and the rising popularity
of the "vanishing" American Indian concept.
Unit 6: The reform movement from the early 1920s to
World War II:
Students will analyze the growing call for reform that resulted from poverty,
disease, demoralization on the reservations, Indian participation in World
War I, the citizenship Act of 1924, the Bursum Bill, and the Pueblo Lands Act.
They will study the reform movement that was led by John Collier and others,
who attempted to return federal Indian policy to the concept of cultural pluralism
and brought about the passage of the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, which
provided for the reconstitution of many tribal entities as we know them today.
It is the policy of UALR to accommodate students with disabilities,
pursuant to federal and state law. Any disabled student who needs accommodation,
for example, in seating placement or in arrangements for examinations,
should inform the instructor at the beginning of the course. The chair
of the department offering this course is also available to assist with
accommodations. Disabled students are also encouraged to contact the
Office of Disability Support Services, located in the Donaghey Student
Center, telephone 569-3143.