Contents1. Cultural and ideological foundations -- Spirituality, equality , and natural law / Oren Lyons -- Traditions of the constitution of the Six Nations / Tom Porter -- 2. Ethnonationalist ideas -- Nation-States, Indigenous nations, and the Great Lie / Rudolph C. Ryser -- Traditional Indian government: of the people, by the people, for the people / Marie Smallface Marble -- Indian sovereignty: the American experience / Kirke Kickingbird -- 3. Bureaucracy, public policy, and Indian government -- Indian government in federal policy: an insider's views / David Nicholson -- Indian government: a concept in need of a definition / Sally M. Weaver -- Federal Indian policy and Indian self-government in Canada / J. Anthony Long, Leroy Little Bear, and Menno Boldi -- Indian self-government: a provincial perspective / H.W.Thiessen -- Federal government policies and Indian goals of self-government / Andrew Ebona -- 4. Legal, political, and economic constraints -- Indian self-government: a legal analysis / John D. Whyte -- Some current issues affecting Indian government / Douglas E. Sanders -- Thorns in the bed of roses: a socio-political view of the problems of Indian government / J. Rick Ponting and Roger Gibbins -- 5. Social, economic, and organizational requisites for Indian government -- How we regained control over our lives and territories: the Kahnawake story / Andrew Delisle -- Problems, prospects, and aspirations of the 'Real People' in America / Chief Earl Old Person -- Preparations for Indian government in Saskatchewan / Sol Sanderson -- What Canada's Indians want and the difficulties of getting it / Del Riley -- Self-Government means biting the hand that feeds us / Sykes Powderface -- 6. Indian government and the constitution.