I wrote these articles for a publisher who decided not to use them. Now I've posted them online. They're worth reading, if I do say so myself. ;-)
The Political Uses of Stereotyping
Chief, brave, squaw. Warrior, mystic, nature lover. Savage, thief, drunk. When most people think of Native Americans, these are the images that come to mind. They're stereotypes, to be sure, but they have a staying power as strong as the truth.
California Imaging: Framing the Indian
The view that tribes are wealthy and powerful is a pervasive one. It's held to varying degrees by the public, the media, and politicians. A recent Google search generated 10,100 hits for "rich tribes" but only 635 for "poor tribes."