Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Book details Indian country.

Byline: John W. Flores Journal Staff Writer

Veronica Tiller four years ago completed a groundbreaking and sorely needed resource book about Native American tribes: "Tiller's Guide to Indian Country."

Since its publication, the 716-page hardcover book has helped federal officials and many other segments of the population better understand the country's nearly 600 federally recognized Indian tribes.

"With more than 50 million acres of land and associated resources held in trust for American Indians in the lower 48 states, and more than 40 million acres belonging to Alaska Natives, American Indians and Alaska Natives play a greater role in the fabric and function of our society and economy than most people realize," said Tiller, who has a Ph.D. in history from the University of New Mexico.

"We believe that when we have achieved localized, Indian-controlled capital information, we will have set the foundation for sustainable Indian economic development."

Now Tiller's Albuquerque research firm has partnered with Americans for Indian Opportunity to develop an updated and expanded version of the research guide along with a companion Web site. …

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