P  R  E  S  S,   I  N  C  .

by Devon A. Mihesuah

ISBN: 0-932863-22-1 / 9780932863225
152 pages, 24 illustrations, $14.95
6th printing

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    "Professor Mihesuah goes beyond simply providing responses to common
    stereotypes. She provides the reader with assistance in efforts to improve
    understanding of her peoples. Each of the chapters provides solid information to
    challenge myths and stereotypes. Excellent photographs are interspersed
    throughout the book.... The implications of this book for social work practice are
    extensive... A valuable contribution" Journal of Multicultural Social Work

    "A precious primer on Native Americans for anyone who can handle the truth
    about how the West was won."  Kam Williams, syndicated  

    "This book should be read by every educator and included in the collections of
    every school and university library." Flagstaff Live

    "Mihesuah's work should be required reading for elemetary and upper level
    teachers, college instructors and parents. Let us hope it finds a wide readership
    in mainstream circles."  Joel Monture, MultiCultural Review

    "Devon Mihesuah has provided precious insight into the racial identity and
    cultural struggles of American Indians as they strive to succeed in modern
    America. She has successfully challenged harmful stereotypes and racism in
    this significant book... If an accurate history is to be learned, then society must
    accept the truth of cultural pluralism and give equal and fair treatment to Native
    Americans and other minorities... As an American Indian and a university scholar
    of history, I applaud Devon Mihesuah for successfully confronting the literature of
    false portrayal and negative images of Indian people."
    Dr. Donald L. Fixico,
    Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
    (Shawnee, Sac & Fox, Creek, Seminole)

    "A good sourcebook for dispelling misconceptions and negative stereotypes
    about American Indians. These beliefs and attitudes exist and these statements
    are made in academic settings. It is fortunate that there are professors like Devon
    Mihesuah in classrooms to present the "other side," perhaps only once in the
    lifetime of some students..."
    Dr. Karen Swisher,
    Director, Center for Indian Education,
    Arizona State University (Standing Rock Sioux)

    "A very useful book for clarifying many misbeliefs about Indians that Indians
    encounter from among the non-Indian population. Devon Mihesuah
    demonstrates considerable understanding of contemporary myths and
    stereotypes about American Indians. This book will be a very useful reader for
    anyone truly trying to understand who American Indians really are. There is no
    other book on Indian images that proves the Indian "voice" that Devon maintains
    throughout the text."
    Dr. Duane Champagne, Director,
    UCLA American Indian Studies Center
    Editor, American Indian Culture and Research Journal
    (Turtle Mountain Chippewa)

    "Amusing, and a helpful guide to general readers not that familiar with the
    national Indian community... The suggested readings are appropriate and the
    general style of presentation straight-forward and accessible."
    Terry P. Wilson,
    Native American Studies, University of California, Berkeley (Potawatomie)

    "Devon Mihesuah is one of the most gifted Native American scholars in the
    country today."
    Robert A. Williams, Jr.,
    Professor of Law, University of Arizona, Tucson (Lumbee)


    American Indians: Stereotypes & Realities provides an informative and engaging
    Indian perspective on common misconceptions concerning American Indians
    which afflict public and even academic circles to this very day. Written in a highly
    accessible stereotype/reality format, it includes numerous illustrations and brief
    bibliographies on each topic PLUS these appendices:

    * Do's and Don'ts for those who teach American Indian history and culture *
    Suggested Guidelines for Institutions with Scholars who Conduct Research on
    American Indians * Course outline for American Indian history and culture survey
    with suggested projects * Outline for course "American Indian Women in History"
    with extensive bibliography

    An American Indian perspective on discrimination issues WIDELY ENDORSED


    Devon Abbott Mihesuah, an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma,
    is the Cora Lee Beers Price Teaching Professor in International Cultural
    Understanding at the University of Kansas. A historian by training, Mihesuah is
    the author of over a dozen award-winning books on Indigenous history and
    current issues. She served as award-winning Editor of the American Indian
    Quarterly from 1998 to 2007 and edited University of Nebraska Press’s book
    series, “Contemporary Indigenous Issues.” She oversees the American Indian
    Health and Diet Recovery website at <>


    Acknowledgments / 9
    List of photographs / 10
    Introduction / 13
    [1] Indians are all alike / 23
    [2] Indians were conquered because they were inferior / 33
    [3] If Indians had united, they could have prevented
    the European invasion / 38
    [4] Indians had no civilization until Europeans brought it
    to them / 4`
    [5] Indians arrived in this hemisphere via the Siberian
    Land Bridge / 49
    [6] Indians were warlike and treacherous / 51
    [7] Indians had nothing to contribute to Europeans or to
    the growth of America / 57
    [8] Indians did not value or empower women / 64
    [9] Indians have no religion / 70
    [10] Indians welcome outsiders to study and participate
    in their religious ceremonies / 73
    [11] Indians are a vanished race / 77
    [12] Indians are confined to reservations, live in tipis,
    wear braids, and ride horses / 79
    [13] Indians have no reason to be unpatriotic / 82
    [14] Indians get a free ride from the government / 90
    [15] Indians’ affairs are managed for them by the B.I.A / 92
    [16] Indians are not capable of completing school / 94
    [17] Indians cannot vote or hold office / 97
    [18] Indians have a tendency toward alcoholism / 99
    [19] “My grandmother was an Indian” / 101
    [20] Indians are all fullbloods / 105
    [21] All Indians have an “Indian name” / 109
    [22] Indians know the histories, languages, and cultural aspects of
    their own tribe and all other tribes / 110
    [23] Indians are stoic and have no sense of humor / 112
    [24] Indians like having their picture taken / 114
    [25] Indigenous peoples welcome outsiders to share in their
    “Traditional Indigenous Knowledge” / 115
    Afterword: The Effects of Stereotyping / 118
    Dos and clones for those who teach American Indian history
    and culture / 123
    Suggested Guidelines for Institutions with Scholars Who Conduct Research on
    American Indians / 128
    Course outline for American Indian history and culture survey with suggested
    projects / 136
    Outline for course “American Indian Women in History” / 145
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