Review of Indian Policies in the Americas: From Columbus to Collier and Beyond
Indians and anthropologists have not always played well together. Vine Deloria’s biting and hilarious condemnation of the anthropological study of American Indian people first published in the pages of Playboy Magazine in the 1960s established the popular tribal argument against anthros. But the work of the ethnohistorians decades earlier in the Indian Claims Commission cases forced the field to reconsider how it would study—and judge—Indian people. Ethnocentrism was real and a serious, if not crippling, weakness in American Indian studies. William Y. Adams wears his heart on his sleeve, announcing in the preface that Indian Policies in the Americas is a labor of love.
Fletcher, Matthew. Review of Indian Policies in the Americas: From Columbus to Collier and Beyond, Journal of Anthropological Research 71, no. 1 (2014): 143-44. (Work published when author not on Michigan Law faculty.)