The story of American Indians in the 20th century is an inspiring tale of survival and rebirth from the depths of defeat. At the dawn of the 20th century, the Indian was seen by non-Indians as the "Vanishing Red Man," a symbol of nostalgia, a figure of the past with no future. Yet not only have American Indians adapted and survived, but they have brought their talents and unique cultural perspectives to many fields.
In an easily accessible A-to-Z format, Encyclopedia of the American Indian in the Twentieth Century contains a comprehensive range of entries from biographies to concise analyses of major events, organizations, and important topics that provide an overview of the history of American Indians in the 20th century, a story less known but no less dramatic than that of the period of first contacts and wars. Profiles are included of key individuals, events, ideas, organizations, and locations that have defined American Indian history since 1900.