Synopses & Reviews
The right to vote is the foundation of democratic government; all other policies are derived from it. The history of voting rights in America has been characterized by a gradual expansion of the franchise. American Indians are an important part of that story but have faced a prolonged battle to gain the franchise. One of the most important tools wielded by advocates of minority voting rights has been the Voting Rights Act. This book explains the history and expansion of Indian voting rights, with an emphasis on seventy cases based on the Voting Rights Act and/or the Equal Protection Clause. The authors describe the struggle to obtain Indian citizenship and the basic right to vote, then analyze the cases brought under the Voting Rights Act, including three case studies. The final two chapters assess the political impact of these cases and the role of American Indians in contemporary politics.
"We owe the authors a great debt of gratitude for gathering this material on VRA legal cases in a form that is usable and digestible for scholars for scholars in a variety of disciplines." Joy Porter, University of Wales, The Journal of American History
"This is a meticulously researched, clearly written, and highly documented work that is a giant contribution to the analysis of American Indian law within the political science arena of Native American Studies" Jeffery M. Sanders, Political Science Quarterly
"A well researched, compelling, and insightful book on the voting rights of American Indians, filling a major gap in judicial politics scholarship...a rich, engaging text...an invaluable text and an excellent starting place for a more in-depth research due to the wealth of resources identified and cited in the materials following the main text." Scott E. Graves, Georgia State University, The Law and Politics Review
About the Author
Daniel McCool is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Utah and the director of the American West Center and the Environmental Studies program at the University of Utah. He is the author, co-author, or editor of six other books, including: Native Waters: Contemporary Indian Water Settlements and the Second Treaty Era (2002); Staking Out the Terrain: Power and Performance Among Natural Resource Agencies, 2nd edition (1996, with Jeanne Clarke); and Contested Landscape: The Politics of Wilderness in Utah and the West (1999). He has appeared as an expert witness in Indian voting rights cases, and has served as a consultant for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the US Justice Department, and the Southwest Center for Environmental Research and Policy.
Susan M. Olson is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Utah, where she has been teaching since 1986. Since 2000 she has also been Associate Vice President for Faculty at the University of Utah. She has been an active member of the American Political Science Association and the Law and Society Association since 1978, serving on the board of trustees of the latter. She is the author of Clients and Lawyers: Securing the Rights of Disabled Persons (1984). She has published numerous articles in Law and Society Review, Polity, the Journal of Politics and Law and Policy, among others.