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.
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