American Indians of the Plateau and Plains (Native American by Kathleen Kuiper

By Kathleen Kuiper

Using horses has possibly such a lot dramatically formed the way of living for local American tribes within the Plateau and Plains areas of North the USA, however the practices and traditions of either tradition components date again to a time lengthy earlier than Europeans ever touched American seashores, introducing their animals and customs to the continent’s indigenous peoples. This desirable quantity examines the heritage and cross-cultural interactions that got here to be linked to the peoples of the Plateau and the altering payment styles of the Plains peoples, in addition to the cultural, social, and religious practices that experience outlined the main tribes of every area.

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Controversies involving Indian gaming operations per se have generally focused instead on whether the unique legal status of tribes, which allows them the privilege of owning and 28 7 Cultural Change Among the Plateau Indians 7 operating such businesses, should be retained or discontinued; whether Indians have sufficient acumen or training to run such businesses; whether engaging in entrepreneurial capitalism inherently undercuts indigenous ethnic identities; and whether gaming is a desirable addition to a specific local economy.

He founded a religious cult, the Dreamers, that emphasized traditional Indian values. The name Smohalla—which means “Dreamer”—is also given as Smowholla, Shmoqula, and Smuxale. He belonged to the Wanapum, a small Sahaptin-speaking tribe closely related to the Nez Percé and centring on the Priest Rapids area of the Columbia River in what is now eastern Washington State. He grew up to become a locally celebrated medicine man and a warrior of distinction. After a fight with a rival, he left his home and went south, traveling perhaps as far as Mexico, and was away for several years.

Some of these funds are also distributed as assistance to tribes that do not have gaming operations. The prosperity of Indian gaming operations depends to a great extent on location. Those near or in major urban areas can be very successful, while those in remote areas (where many reservations are located) tend to generate much less revenue. Although tribes with successful operations have been able to use gaming income to improve the general health, education, and cultural well-being of their members, many Indian casinos have not made significant profits.

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