A provocative analysis of a crucial period in the evolution of federal Indian policy . . . providing significant insight and analysis into the workings of the executive branch during the period reviewed.
Castile's firsthand knowledge of events and insight into the Washington bureaucracy adds texture to his narrative and lends credibility to his contentions. . . . Both the quality of research as well as the thorough relation of policy trends throughout the twentieth century should make Castile's book essential reading for all Indian historians.
—Chronicles of Oklahoma
The first major introduction to this extraordinarily complicated subject . . . recommended for an overall view of Indian self-determination and should serve as a useful introduction for further in-depth research into this intriguing era of Indian-white relations.
—New Mexico Historical Review
Fleshes out the story of the politics of federal Indian policy. . . . He dismisses the importance of the 'media chiefs' and the high profile made-for-television events that they engineered such as the seizure of Alcatraz, the Interior building, and Wounded Knee. Castile declares emphatically that the real work of expanding tribal autonomy was progressing independently of these events through the behind-the-scenes politics that he chronicles.