Book on Indian Tribal Identity Receives National Awards

Published: February 02, 2015 | Author: Jessica Young | Read Time: 1 minutes

In a book on Indian tribal identity, associate professor of history at Southern Utah University, Mark Miller, was recently awarded the 2015 Outstanding Academic Title by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries.

With only 3 percent of academic publications receiving this accolade, Miller’s book, Claiming Tribal Identity: the Five Tribes and the Politics of Federal Acknowledgment, is heralded as “engaging, enlightening, and provocative” and is “bound to become canonical in this field” according to C.R. Keate with Winston-Salem State University.

Choice magazine editor and publisher, Mark Cummings, explained that the selected titles were chosen based on their “excellence in scholarship and presentation, significance of its contribution to the field, and their value as important treatment of their subject.”

Cummings went on to say that all potentially awarded books were reviewed by historians and academics, and after the 25,000 books were winnowed, 690 books were chosen including Miller’s.

Miller said of this recognition, “Since I began the research for this book I was given great support from the University, just further proving that SUU does value teaching and does want its professors engaged in their field of expertise.”

The book focuses on politics, economics, and tribal and racial conflicts between federally recognized tribal entities and that also seek sovereignty. The novel also analyses tribal disputes, which groups may qualify as Indian tribes, and who counts as an American Indian.  

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