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September 2016 Vol. 54 No. 1

BowArrow Publishing Company

The following review appeared in the September 2016 issue of CHOICE. The review is for your internal use only. Please review our Permission and Reprints Guidelines or email

Social & Behavioral Sciences

Tiller's guide to Indian country: economic profiles of American Indian reservations, ed. and comp. by Veronica E. Velarde Tiller. 3rd ed. BowArrow, 2015. 864p bibl index afp ISBN 9781885931061, $325.00; ISBN 9781885931023 ebook, contact publisher for price.

The latest update of this monumental publication, last issued in 2005 (CH, May'06, 43-5042) and earlier, in 1996 (CH, Jun'96, 33-5488), continues to focus attention on the current economic conditions of federally recognized Native American tribes. Historian Tiller, a member of the Jicarilla Apache Nation of New Mexico and the principal of Tiller Research, Inc., and BowArrow Publishing, reviews changes in tribal economies over the past decade and has expanded coverage to include profiles of some non-Native groups. In the preface she acknowledges that "economic progress and development ... would not have been possible without the help, council, guidance, and wisdom ... of many non-Tribal individuals, firms, and organizations." Each entry includes information on location and land status, climate, culture and history, government, tribal economy, community facilities and services, and environmental concerns. Demographics for each tribe are drawn from a variety of sources including the US Census, The Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996, and the tribal leadership itself, depending on which offered the most current information at the time of compilation. As needed, extensive introductory sections describe various political or geographical anomalies, such as the distinctive relationship between state and federal governments and Alaskan Natives. Suitable for all who seek to understand and foster Native American economic development.

--J. C. Sandstrom, New Mexico State University Library

Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty; general readers; professionals/practitioners.