HIST 355: Final Exam Study Guide (Fall 2017)

HIST 355: Native American History
Final Exam Study Guide
Fall 2017

Possible IDs (50 points total, 25 points each):

Four of the following terms will appear on the final exam, you will define and give the significance of TWO terms.

John Collier
Indians’ New Deal
Indians and WWII
Indians in the 1960s
Decline of AIM
Activism After AIM
Cultural Preservation
Barriers to Preservation
Health on the Rerservation
Indian Casinos

Possible Essays (50 Points):

One of the following essay questions will appear on the exam. Whatever the question, your grade will be determined by how thoroughly you answer each part of the question, the number of specific examples you use to make your case, and how well your evidence demonstrates your arguments.


1)      Profiting from Indians 101: You are an executive at a large company that has interests in mining, ranching, and gaming ventures and you have been tasked with finding ways to make money from Indian reservations.  Your sole objective is to make profits for your company. With the history of the late 19thth through early 21st century as your guide, what would you do to make money? How would you try to gain access to Indian lands and resources? What historical policies would you lobby the government to enact? What policies would you not want to see enacted? (The idea here is to show me, in a creative way, what you know about the history of outside efforts to control Indian resources and the policies governing Indian resources).


2)      Best and Worst of the New Deal and Cold War: It is 1970 and the National Congress of American Indians has tasked you with evaluating the previous 40 years of federal Indian policy. They want to know what were the best and worst policies of the era in terms of improving the lives of Indian peoples.  Give them a candid assessment of the most and least successful policies from the New Deal and Cold War eras in terms of having a positive effect on American Indians.


3)      Assessing the Era of Self Determination: The 1970s ushered in a new era in Indian policy that focused on allowing Indian peoples to handle resources and decisions once made by federal officials, corporations, and other outside actors. Assess the success and limits of progress for Indians people in the last 40 or so years of Self Determination. How effective has this era been in improving the lives of Native Americans? What have been the most significant positive changes? What explains the “success” in these areas? What problems remain?