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Tribal TelevisionsViewing Native People in Sitcoms$
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Dustin Tahmahkera

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469618685

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618685.001.0001

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Settler Self-Determination

Settler Self-Determination

(p.70) Chapter Two Settler Self-Determination
Tribal Televisions

Dustin Tahmahkera

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explains Richard Nixon's message to the U.S. Congress on Indian affairs that led to the passing of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975, which assures maximum Indian participation in education and other Federal services. Sitcoms airing during this era of self-determination signaled a shift in representations of Indians. Compared to sitcoms from the 1950s and 1960s that portrayed Indians as wild savages, the 1970s represented them as physically nonviolent and visually and audibly modern.

Keywords:   Richard Nixon, Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Indian participation, wild savages, self-determination

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