Raymond G. Starr, Book Review Editor
American Indians and National Parks.
By Robert H. Keller and Michael F. Turek. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1998. Illustrations, notes, index. Xxii + 321 Pages. $40.00 hardcover.
Authors Robert Keller and Michael Turek have mined traditional archival and library sources and conducted more than 200 interviews in over a dozen national parks to present a series of case studies illustrating the interaction of the National parks system and Native Americans from the nineteenth century to the present. Their topic provides a perfect window for studying the general issue of majority/Native American conflicts during the time period, since many National Parks have faced issues of Native American cultural integrity, land claims, water and hunting rights, as well as complex questions regarding the interpretation of the Indians by the Park Service. Focusing primarily upon Yosemite, Yellowstone, Mesa Verde, Glacier, Grand Canyon, and Everglades national parks, the authors have helped delineate again the complicated story of white/Indian relations and have given us more hard data upon which to base our understanding of those relations in the past. American Indians and National Parks also provides insights into how the National Park Service operates, and illuminates aspects of several environmental organizations.