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ERIC Number: EJ947822
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0275-7664
New Deal Experimentation and the Political Economy of the Yankton Sioux, 1930-1934
Houser, Teresa M.
Great Plains Quarterly, v31 n3 p205-222 Sum 2011
Franklin Delano Roosevelt's election to the presidency in 1932 signaled a mandate for sweeping reform at the federal level to lift the nation out of the economic turbulence of the Great Depression. Under Commissioner of Indian Affairs John Collier, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) joined other agencies in launching policies to rebuild economic stability. Much of the scholarship on the Indian New Deal to date necessarily focuses on the centerpiece of Collier's reform efforts: the Indian Reorganization Act (IRA). But prior to tribal consideration of the IRA, the Roosevelt administration undertook a series of steps in an attempt to mitigate the most dramatic losses experienced by individuals in rural America. These early short-term relief measures played an important role in Native American perception of Collier's larger efforts. Study of these measures also provides important lessons for scholars to use in evaluating the positive and negative effects of the Indian New Deal in its entirety.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Indian Reorganization Act 1934