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Native American Political Systems
and the Evolution of Democracy:

An Annotated Bibliography

Bruce E. Johansen
Professor of Communication and
Native American Studies
University of Nebraska at Omaha

1975 - 1986

Books, Scholarly, and Specialty Journals

__________. "Iroquois Irony." Akwesasne Notes, Early Summer, 1981, p. 28.

Austin, Alberta. "Ne'Ho Niyo' De:No': That's What it Was Like. Lackawanna, N.Y.: Rebco Enterprises, 1986.

Bagley, Carol and Jo Ann Ruckman, "Iroquois Contributions to Modern Democracy and Communism." American Indian Culture & Research Journal, 7:2(1983), pp. 53-72.

Boyte, Harry C. "The Politics of Community: The New Populism." The Nation, Vol. 240 (January 12, 1985), p. 12.

(*) Brotherston, Gordon. "The Prairie and Cooper's Invention of the West," in James Fenimore Cooper: New Critical Essays, Robert Clark, ed. Totowa, NJ: Barnes & Noble Books, 1985, pp. 162-186.

Burton, Bruce. "The American Indian's Contribution to Government." Anthropological Journal of Canada 18:1(1980), pp. 26-28.

Burton, Bruce. "A Film on the Founding of the Five Nations Confederacy." International Journal of Instructional Media 7:2(1979-1980), pp. 109-113.

Burton, Bruce A. Hail! Nene Karenna, The Hymn: A Novel on the Founding of the Five Nations, 1550-1590. Rochester, N.Y.: Security Dupont Press, 1981.

Burton, Bruce A. "Natural Righteousness: Iroquois Women and the United States Constitution." Turtle Quarterly, n.d., pp. 27-29.

Burton, Bruce. "Iroquois Confederate Law and the Origins of the U.S. Constitution." Northeast Indian Quarterly 3:3(Fall, 1986), pp. 4-9.

(*) Campbell, Janet and David. "Cherokee Participation in the Political Impact of the North American Indian." Journal of Cherokee Studies 6:2(Fall, 1981), pp. 92-105.

(*) Chase, James S. [Review of Johansen, Forgotten Founders (1982)]. History: Reviews of New Books 11:8(July, 1983), p. 181.

(*) Deloria, Vine, Jr. and Clifford Lytle. American Indians, American Justice. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1983.

(*) Graymont, Barbara. [Review of Johansen, Forgotten Founders (1982)]. New York History 64:3(1983), pp. 325-327.

Grinde, Donald A., Jr. The Iroquois and the Founding of the American Nation. San Francisco: Indian Historian Press, 1977.

Hamilton, Charles, ed. The Cry of the Thunderbird: The American Indian's Own Story. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1977.

(*) Jacobs, Wilbur. Dispossessing the American Indian: Indians and Whites on the Colonial Frontier. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1985.

Johansen and Roberto Maestas. Wasi'chu: the Continuing Indian Wars. New York: Monthly Review Press, 1979.

Johansen. Forgotten Founders: Benjamin Franklin, the Iroquois and the Rationale for the American Revolution. Ipswich, Mass.: Gambit, 1982.

Johansen. "The Forgotten Founders..." Four Winds: the International Forum of Native American Art, Literature and History [Austin, Texas], Spring, 1982, pp. 8-14.

Johansen. "Mohawks, Axes & Taxes: Images of the American Revolution." History Today [London, England]. April, 1985, pp. 10-18.

(*) Kincaid, J. "Toward the Third Century of American Federalism: New Dynamics and New Perspectives." American Studies International 22:1 (1984), n.p.

Lowes, Warren. Indian Giver: A Legacy of North American Native Peoples. Penticton, B.C.: Theytus Books, 1986.

(*) Lucas, Phil. "Images of Indians." Four Winds: The International Forum for Native American Art, Literature, and History. Autumn, 1980, pp. 68-77.

Matthiessen, Peter. Indian Country. New York: Viking, 1979.

Steiner, Stan. The Vanishing White Man. New York: Harper & Row, 1976.

(*) Suter, Coral and Marshall Croddy. "To Promote the General Welfare: the Purpose of Law. Law in Social Studies Series." Los Angeles, CA: Constitutional Rights Foundation, 1985. (*) Todd, Lewis Paul and Merle Curti. Triumph of the American Nation. Orlando: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986.

Wallace, Amy. The Prodigy. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1986.

(*) Williams, Robert A., Jr. "The Algebra of Federal Indian Law: The Hard Trail of Decolonizing and Americanizing the White Man's Indian Jurisprudence." Wisconsin Law Review (March, 1986), p. 219.

(*) Vecsey, Christopher. "The Story and Structure of the Iroquois Confederacy." Journal of the American Academy of Religion 54:1(1986), pp. 79-106.

Newspaper and Trade Magazine articles

Bickford, Walter. "Significance of the Oneida Indian Nation Land Claim Suit." [letter to the editor] Boston Globe, April 15, 1985.

Cook, James. "The American Indian Through Five Centuries." Forbes, November 9, 1981, p. 118.

Gibson, Arrell. The American Indian: Prehistory to the Present, Lexington, Mass.: D. C. Heath, 1980.

Johansen. "The Indian's Past May be His Future." Seattle Times, May 9, 1976, pp. A-1, E-1.

Pierce, Cris. "Oldest Constitution in the World" [Letter to the editor] Los Angeles Times, December 14, 1985, part 2, p. 2.

Other Materials

  1. Letter, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. to Lovell Thompson, Gambit Publishers, endorsing Forgotten Founders, July 14, 1982. This letter is of interest in light of Schlesinger's remarks in Disuniting of America [1992]. Other letters from people who provided book blurbs for Forgotten Founders also are included in the files.

  2. Copy of script, "Night of the First Americans," performed March 4, 1982 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. The script was written by Choctaw filmmaker Phil Lucas and included performances by a number of well-known Indian and non-Indian actors and artists, including Lorne Greene, Will Sampson, Jonathan Winters, Vincent Price, Paul Ortega, Ironeyes Cody, Martin Sheen, Dennis Weaver, Loretta Lynn, Dick Cavett, Hoyt Axton, Will Rogers, Jr., Kevin Locke, and Wayne Newton. The performance contained a substantial segment outlining the Iroquois role in the formulation of U.S. democracy. Lucas referenced working drafts of Johansen, Forgotten Founders [1982] for this material. Lucas and Johansen, both in Seattle at the time, were working together on the theme.

  3. Sound recording, Donald A. Grinde, Jr., "The Iroquois and the Origins of American Democracy," California State University at Sacramento Center for Instructional Media. This is an audio recording of a lecture given by Grinde in the university's visiting scholars' program, April 2, 1982.

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