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Expertise and Scale of Conflict: Governments as Advocates in American Indian Politics

  • LAURA E. EVANS (a1)

How do American Indian tribal governments relate to nearby local governments? Do insights gleaned from these cases illuminate the constraints and opportunities that marginalized groups face within any system of federalism? What circumstances of marginalized governments help or hinder their effectiveness? Although some Native American tribes have transformed their fortunes with highly profitable casinos, most continue to face stark disadvantages. Some tribal governments, despite limited opportunities prevail locally by cultivating policy and political expertise. This analysis demonstrates that such expertise can be developed, even when resources are scarce.

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Laura E. Evans is Assistant Professor, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington, Box 353055, Seattle, WA 98105-3055 (
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Daniel McCool , Susan M. Olson , and Jennifer L. Robinson . 2007. Native Vote: American Indians, the Voting Rights Act, and the Right to Vote. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Mark R. Warren 2001. Dry Bones Rattling: Community Building to Revitalize American Democracy. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

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American Political Science Review
  • ISSN: 0003-0554
  • EISSN: 1537-5943
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