From Library Journal
Mary B. Davis, Huntington Free Lib., Bronx, N.Y.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Arranged by state, individual entries include location and land status, culture and history, government, economic activity, infrastructure (highways, public transportation facilities), and community facilities. Since agriculture and tourism are often the primary activities, these are well documented. Contact information for each tribe is provided. Since some reservations cross state lines, there is a good cross-reference system leading to the state where an entry can be found. Most entries are about a page in length, but large reservations such as the Navajo Nation get several pages. Information on Alaskan communities is hard to find, and this book stands out for its comprehensive coverage of this region, especially the Alaska Native Corporation. Special introductory sections on Alaska, Idaho, and California give added insight into the history and culture of these states that account for more than one-half of all Indian reservations. A map locating reservations is provided for each state. The bibliography includes tribal sources, government publications, and newspaper and journal articles. The index is very detailed.
Tiller is a Jicarilla Apache and a historian. Her daughter took most of the black-and-white photographs that illustrate the book. Many of them show tribally owned businesses. This title is similar to Indian Reservations: A State and Federal Handbook (McFarland, 1986), although population and per capita income statistics are more current in Tiller. She has produced a stimulating book that will be an important purchase for many public and academic libraries.