John Collier with two unidentified Indian men.
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This week we take up the topic
of the Indian New Deal. The Lecture by Professor
Wiltse (approximately 36 minutes) deals with the changes in federal policy
during this period and what those changes meant on the ground to the
Maps & Cityscapes shows contemporary maps
of Butte, Spokane, and Tacoma as well as a discussion of bridge engineering failure
and recovery in Tacoma.
Tribal Perspectives presents interviews relating
how the New Deal policies affected tribal culture and government. People
and the Humanities discusses Indian author D’Arcy McNickle, the
National Bison Range, and the Indian Arts and Crafts Board. Research points
you towards tribal constitutions and, as always, our top reading picks.
Assignment suggestions for this week’s content include:
- How have other countries reorganized their policies regarding their
native peoples or ethnic minorities? Specifically, countries
such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and all of Latin America present
interesting case studies. Alternately, countries such as China
and Japan have ethnic minorities who have peculiar relationships with
their governments. What influences the ways each country manages
these minorities, and what causes changes to those policies?
- What are current interpretations of the IRA? Was it a success
or a failure? Did it go too far or not far enough? Has
opinion of its meaning and success rate changed over the last fifty
years? Is it time for a new IRA?
- What does a comparison between a map of your area from the beginning
of this course and a map from 1940 reveal? What changed and what
stayed the same? Why?