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9/23/10 Native Americans How have structural factors been important in understanding the Native American experience? What theories are useful in making sense of the Native American experience? What structural and contextual factors are important in making sense of the status of Native Americans today? Demographic 2.5 million persons (1% of US Population) o 75 million to start o 300 Federally recognized tribes o 100 seeking recognition Population is growing o 38% increase over the 1980 recorded Indian Population of 1.4 mil and a quadrupling from 550,000 in 1960. Geographic Distribution o 43% live in western states o 50% live in 10 states o Arizona, Oklahoma, California o Cherokee mostly Who is American Indian? Official and Unofficial Definition o U.S. Census Self Identification o Tribal Definition “Blood quantum” Community participation Reservation residence o Federal recognition Blood quantum Reconceptualizing Indian Politics Wounded Knee as a metaphor
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2011 for the course SOCI 317 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas A&M.

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