Rich Indians and the Dilemmas They Have Presented

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At various times and places in American history, from the first European colonial projects to the present, some Indians have possessed substantial wealth, and their unexpected affluence has provoked telling controversies. Those controversies are significant episodes in Americans’ long struggle with the consequences of the nation’s settler-colonial origins. In effect, they have been debates about whether Indian and non-Indian economic aims were compatible or reconcilable. Indians as well as non-Indians have addressed questions about economic morality and its relationship to Indian or non-Indian identity.


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