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The Story of Alaska Natives and Their Land, 1867–1959: The Army to Statehood
Donald Craig Mitchell



Arctic Visions Series


1997 • 342 pp. 37 illus. 3 maps. 6 1/8 x 9 1/4"
Native American Studies / History - 20th Century / American History



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A history of the impact of external forces on the lives and lands of Alaska's Native peoples.

When Alaska's vast wilderness and untouched natural resources first attracted white settlers, life for Alaska's Native peoples changed forever. Gold rush stampeders, commercial fishermen, entrepreneurs, and fortune hunters who converged on this previously unspoiled land brought not only their dreams but also disease and greed and ways of thinking about the world that created cultural, economic, and territorial conflicts with the indigenous population that continue to the present. Donald Craig Mitchell has written a lively, readable history of the relationship between the US government and Alaska's Native peoples, describing how that relationship has shaped the Alaska we know today. Focusing primarily on the period of federal control of the territory (1867-1959), he shows how each wave of in-migration increased pressures on the natural resources that had previously supported the Native subsistence economy and the profound effect of the resulting economic, institutional, and political changes on contemporary Native village life.



Donald Craig Mitchell is a former vice-president and general counsel of the Alaska Federation of Natives, organized by Alaska Natives in 1967 to fight for their historic land claims settlement. For more than two decades he has been intimately involved, both before Congress and in the courts, in the development and implemention of federal Native policy.



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