In this wide-ranging and carefully curated anthology, Daniel M.
Cobb presents the words of Indigenous people who have shaped Native
American rights movements from the late nineteenth century through
the present day. Presenting essays, letters, interviews, speeches,
government documents, and other testimony, Cobb shows how tribal
leaders, intellectuals, and activists deployed a variety of protest
methods over more than a century to demand Indigenous sovereignty.
As these documents show, Native peoples have adopted a wide range
of strategies in this struggle, invoking "American" and global
democratic ideas about citizenship, freedom, justice, consent of
the governed, representation, and personal and civil liberties
while investing them with indigenized meanings.
The more than fifty documents gathered here are organized
chronologically and thematically for ease in classroom and research
use. They address the aspirations of Indigenous nations and
individuals within Canada, Hawaii, and Alaska as well as the
continental United States, placing their activism in both national
and international contexts. The collection's topical breadth,
analytical framework, and emphasis on unpublished materials offer
students and scholars new sources with which to engage and explore
American Indian thought and political action.