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304 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. NATIVE AMERICANS. A small group of Indians known as the Honey Lake Maidus are very much alive today in the valley of the Susan River of northeastern California. As a tribe, however, they do not exist. This is because they have not been acknowledged, a process by which the federal government officially recognizes Indian tribes. By contrast, other California Indian tribes have won federal recognition and come to represent a driving force behind most Indian legislation, including laws to regulate Indian casinos. Their political power and economic prosperity, however, has incurred resentment. Caught in this web of contending political forces are hundreds of small Indian groups, peoples like the Honey Lake Maidus who, because they lack federal recognition, cannot protect their cultures and secure their futures. They are also unable to undertake economic endeavors that would provide care for their children and elders. In Quest for Tribal Acknowledgment, Sara-Larus Tolley, an anthropologist who has worked for the Honey Lake Maidus for several years, recounts the group's efforts to obtain recognition. In 1999, the tribe gained funding to work full-time on its petition, which it submitted to the government in 2001. While the Honey Lake Maidus wait for their application to gain "active" status, they continually update and refine its contents. And like hundreds of other unrecognized Indian groups seeking acknowledgment, they hope for the future. Greg Sarris, tribal chair of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, is the author of many novels, plays, critical works, and essays. Sara-Larus Tolley is a researcher for News from Native California, a quarterly magazine. She continues to assist the Honey Lake Maidus in their fight for federal acknowledgment. (Key Words: American Indians, Sara-Larus Tolley, Native Americans, Greg Sarris, Honey Lake Maidus, California, Susan River).
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