Progressive-Era Bureaucrats and the Unity of Twentieth-Century Indian Policy

Article examines the Indian Policy of the United States government; argues that the policies hold at their core an evolutionary perspective on social development which places the United States government in a paternalist role, guiding Indigenous people through the evolution of their race. See also responses to this article: "Federal Policy and the Perennial Question" by Vine Deloria. ""Indian Self-Government" as a Technique of Domination" by Thomas Biolsi. "Individualism or Tribalism?: The "Dialectic" of Indian Policy" by Daniel L. Boxberger. "A Harbinger of the Indian New Deal" by Laurence M. Hauptman. "Shadow and Substance" by Frederick E. Hoxie. "A Hesitant Second" by Richmond L. Clow. "Probing an Intellectual Quagmire" by Donald L. Parman. "John Collier: Architect of Sovereignty or Assimilation?" by Elmer R. Rusco. "The Ludington Papers: Overstating the Evidence" by Lawrence C. Kelly. And Barsh's reply: Are We Stuck in the Slime of History?"
Russel Lawrence Barsh
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American Indian Quarterly, vol. 15, no. 1, Winter, 1991, pp. 1-17
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Articles -- Scholarly, peer reviewed
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