I find this book to be very readable, and the concepts easily grasped for any reader. The author is not a scholarly authority on Native people’s history but is instead a retired law school professor who spent some eight years researching the Paiute people. Many of the author’s descriptions of the complex arrangement of the tribes in eastern Oregon make it easy for readers to envision where the reservations were and the complexity of the politics and laws and policies of the time. The project taken on by the author involves at least four tribes and associated reservations in eastern Oregon, Nevada, and Idaho, how they were organized, and the politics and legal quandaries of American settlement in tribal lands that had not yet been sold to the United States. There are good characterizations of Indian agents that established and followed Indian policies of the United States. The Paiute history...

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