Media filters and personal preconceptions can make it hard to get a clear view of present-day Indian America. The reality is that the 500+ Native nations in the United States confront many of the same day-to-day challenges that are faced by other nations and communities--raising children with strong identities, practicing religion, providing economic sustenance, strengthening culture, managing business and governmental affairs, and protecting public health and safety--but they are doing so from foundations built on their distinct histories, cultures, and circumstances.
Kalt, Joseph P., Eric C. Henson, Jonathan B. Taylor, Catherine E. Curtis, Stephen Cornell, Kenneth W. Grant, Miriam Jorgensen, Andrew Lee, and Harry Nelson. 2008. The State of the Native Nations: Conditions Under U.S. Policies of Self-Determination. New York: Oxford University Press.