A Nation of Statesmen: The Political Culture of the by James W. Oberly

By James W. Oberly

A background of the Mohican humans from the battle of 1812 to the Nixon administrationContrary to the influence left by means of James Fenimore Cooper’s well-known novel final of the Mohicans, the Mohican humans, often referred to as the Stockbridge-Munsee Indians, didn't disappear from background. really, regardless of stumbling blocks, they've got retained their tribal identification to today. during this first historical past of the modern day Mohicans, James W. Oberly narrates their tale from the time in their relocation to Wisconsin throughout the post–World battle II era.Since the battle of 1812 Mohican background has been marked via astute if occasionally sour engagement with the yank political process, leading to 5 treaties and ten acts of Congress, handed among 1843 and 1972. As Oberly lines those political occasions, he additionally assesses such matters as tribal club, intratribal political events, and sovereignty.

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Instead of passing American values to the Wisconsin tribes, the New The Paternalist Polity of the Great Fathers 35 York Indians sought to help the Menominees, at least, hold onto their lands in common against the Americans. AlanTaylor discerned the same pattern in Hendrick Aupaumut's behavior thirty years before, when he tried to negotiate an agreement between the United States and the trans-Ohio tribes, especially the Delawares. "~~ The problem with the l822 intertribal treaty lay in its interpretation.

AlanTaylor discerned the same pattern in Hendrick Aupaumut's behavior thirty years before, when he tried to negotiate an agreement between the United States and the trans-Ohio tribes, especially the Delawares. "~~ The problem with the l822 intertribal treaty lay in its interpretation. Did sharing lands in common mean that the Menorninees would CO-owntheir tract of seven million or so acres in present-day Wisconsin with the NewYork Indians? The Menorninees thought they had acquired $3,000 in &S in return for a magnanimous offer to let the NewYorkers live in their homelands.

Such a nation would not have had the political skills to confront each new challenge. To the contrary, the Mohicans produced generations of leaders who have engaged in every form of politics. The form and substance of Mohican politics from the War of 1812 to the present is the subject of this book. Politics has been a primary occupation of the tribe at least since the War of 1812, and the Stockbridge-Munsees truly are a nation of statesmen. I take that label literally as a description of Mohican history-the pursuit of politics and statecraft-and I explain their ethnic survival as an American Indian people through their ceaseless engagement with politics, on all levels.

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