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Jodi Rave: Indian Country Guide An Essential Tool

Tuesday, September 13, 2005


(http://64.62.196.98/my.asp?url=http:...dianzcombookst) " Leo Tolstoy's epic masterpiece "War and Peace" tops
the list of Veronica Velarde Tiller's favorite books. But it wasn't enough
that she was able to lift and read it. The Jicarilla Apache woman rivaled
Tolstoy by creating a book that easily outweighs the Russian novel.
Tiller, president of Tiller Research Inc., led a 20-member research team to
create the new, improved and expanded second edition to "Tiller's Guide to
Indian Country," a one-stop encyclopedic tool that should grace every library
shelf across the country.
The guide ought to be considered a must-have by governmental organizations,
reporters, lawyers and anyone else who needs to understand the contemporary
state of Indian America.
Tiller provides necessary answers to important questions about Indian
Country. I found the book early in my reporting career. It's been at my desk since,
remaining on an A-list of reporting resources."
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_Nodi Rave: Indian guide is quite a handful _
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(The Bismarck Tribune 9/12)
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Jodi Rave Lee - _http://www.missoulian.com/jodirave_
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Indian Guide Is Quite A Handful
Leo Tolstoy's epic masterpiece "War and Peace" tops the list of Veronica
Velarde Tiller's favorite books.

But it wasn't enough that she was able to lift and read it.

The Jicarilla Apache woman rivaled Tolstoy by creating a book that easily
outweighs the Russian novel.
Tiller, president of Tiller Research Inc., led a 20-member research team to
create the new, improved and expanded second edition to "Tiller's Guide to
Indian Country," a one-stop encyclopedic tool that should grace every library
shelf across the country.

The guide ought to be considered a must-have by governmental organizations,
reporters, lawyers and anyone else who needs to understand the contemporary
state of Indian America.

Tiller provides necessary answers to important questions about Indian
Country. I found the book early in my reporting career. It's been at my desk since,
remaining on an A-list of reporting resources.

The new, 1,120-page volume has nearly doubled in size since the first
edition released nearly a decade ago. It offers more complete profiles of the
country's 563 federally recognized tribes.

Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, described the book as "a valuable tool that
will continue, as it has in the past, to dispel myths and to inform those who
desire to work with Native people and their governments to achieve the
economic renaissance that is the birth right of this nation's First Americans."

The economic renaissance to which Inouye refers helps explain the voluminous
nature of the guide book. It requires both hands to lift. Tiller said the
tremendous growth of Indian businesses since 1996 - when the book was first
introduced - required special attention.

So now, hundreds of business summaries fill its pages, highlighting tribes'
economic diversity, including information on employment rates,
infrastructure, construction, retail services, tourism, gambling and business corporations.

On the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, one of the most viable
businesses within reservation borders is the Lakota Fund, which operates two
lending programs for small business development. Nearly 300 tribal citizens have
benefited from $1 million in loans.

The book also outlines governmental structures. The Confederated Tribes of
Siletz Indians of Oregon drafted a constitution after federal recognition was
restored in 1977. The government consists of a three-tiered system, including
a tribal council, general council and eight-member tribal court.

Among the book's new highlights are full-length profiles of the best tribal
governance practices to receive awards from Harvard University's Honoring
Nations program, administered by the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic
Development.

It lists all Honoring Nations winners dating to 1999. The Nez Perce received
top recognition for reintroducing gray wolves to their natural habitat in
the northern Rocky Mountains. The book profile explains how they did it.

The guide includes useful educational information. Which tribe can claim 42
percent of its tribal citizens have bachelor's degrees or higher? The
Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe of Washington, according to Tiller and the 2000 U.S.
Census.

Like most must-haves, "Tiller's Guide to Indian Country" comes with a price
tag. It costs $199, as does the CD. Both can be had for $250. More
information is available at tillerresearch.com.

Tiller - who has been in the research business for 25 years - and her team
deserve credit for culling strong tribal support for the final product. Tribal
representatives agreed it was important to provide information that helps
educate the public about Native cultures in the 21st century.

Once again, Tiller doesn't disappoint.

Each tribal profile also offers a section on culture and history. Anyone
interested in Indians should have "Tiller's Guide to Indian Country" as a
reference book - anyone who interacts with Indian people needs it.

(Jodi Rave covers Indian issues for Lee Enterprises. She can be reached at
406-523-5299 or [email protected];lee.net.)
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