Clear and concise account of the struggles of the Indian nations from the terminationist policy of Eisenhower s Bureau of Indian Affairs to the cultural and economic revival programs ongoing in the current century While not pretending to cover the history of every Indian tribe in the US over the past hundred years or so, Wilkinson carefully selects the most significant concerns of Indians i.e fishing and hunting rights, tribal education programs etc , usually connects them with one or two tribes who had significant gains around it, and relates it to the general development of vastly diverse and scattered groups of people Through all this his care and concern for Indians as a people and the genuine sovreignty of their tribes is evident, as a non Indian who has spent his life working for their welfare.If there s one complaint I have about the book it s that his general framework, being formed from his experience as a lawyer, does not always enable him to adequately connect the rising Indian consciousness of the 1960s with struggles at the base around basic rights against the termination policy, to later victories in the courts which consolidated these two He has a liberal civil rights viewpoint that values court victories the highest and tends to be dismissive of for example the urban based American Indian Movement and how it laid the ground for a national Indian civil rights struggle and united tribal policy He also suffers from confusion about the distorted impact of capitalist development on the reservations particularly around the infamous casinos , but his constant stressing of tribal sovreignty is well taken in this regard Highly recommended 500 years of suppression, but they have survived we almost killed them off we sure tried hard Power to the people I am glad I finally finished reading it. This is perfect work of non fiction easy to read, illuminates a topic of which few have a deep knowledge I would recommend this book to anyone interested in modern Indian issues legal or otherwise Starting with historic events, the book quickly progresses to discuss the last 60 years in a necessary and inspiring way. well researched and great stories This one will definitely remain on the shelf. Very informative. FOR GENERATIONS, Indian people suffered a grinding poverty and political and cultural suppression on the reservations But tenacious and visionary tribal leaders refused to give in They knew their rights and insisted that the treaties be honored Against all odds, beginning shortly after World War II, they began to succeed The modern tribal sovereignty movement deserves to be spoken of in the same breath as the civil rights, environmental, and women s movements Charles Wilkinson recounts in colorful terms tribal victories in major legal conflicts in contemporary America the Indian land claims in Maine and other eastern states, the salmon wars of the Pacific Northwest, and the establishment of tribal casinos as a way of making inroads into poverty Blood Struggle explores how Indian tribes took their hard earned sovereignty their right to self determination and put it to work for Indian peoples and the perpetuation of Indian culture Finally, this is the story of wrongs righted and noble ideals upheld.