Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-336) and index.
1. Introduction -- 2. Two Hundred Years of Indian Policy in the United States -- 3. From Sovereign Tribal Territory to the Indian Reservations of Today -- 4. The American Indian Population -- 5. The Socioeconomic Status of American Indians -- 6. The "Economic Spirit" and Economic Structure of Indian Reservations: American Indian Value Systems and Other Regulating Factors -- 7. The Role of Mining on Reservation Lands -- 8. The Critical Issue of Tribal Water Rights -- 9. The Importance of Agriculture and Forestry -- 10. Manufactures and Services on the Reservations -- 11. Epilogue.
"In the most comprehensive and detailed cultural-geographic study ever conducted of the American Indian reservations in the forty-eight contiguous states, Klaus Frantz explores the reservations as living environments rather than historical footnotes. Although this study provides well-researched documentation of the generally deplorable living conditions on the reservations, it also discovers and highlights the many possibilities for positive change."--BOOK JACKET.