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An account of "one of the least understood periods in Indian affairs"

How federal Indian policy was shaped during a period that extended from the Kennedy to the Ford administrations is the subject of a new book by George Castile, professor of anthropology.

To Show Heart: Native American Self-Determination and Federal Indian Policy, 1960-1975 (University of Arizona Press) is the sixth book by Castile, professor of anthropology and a member of the Whitman faculty since 1971. He also is coeditor of State and Reservations: New Perspectives on Federal Indian Policy published in 1992.

In To Show Heart, Castile explains how "termination" of federal wardship status for Native Americans became an embarrassment during the Civil Rights Movement. Interviewing some of the people who were involved, he explores factors during the Johnson, Nixon, and Ford administrations - including Johnson's War on Poverty - that gave policy makers a chance "to show heart" toward Native Americans.

Along the way, Castile discusses Indian activism of the 1960s and 1970s and gives an objective view of the American Indian Movement and the standoff at Wounded Knee.

Castile, who has a book on Indian policy from 1975 to 1990 in progress, presented a paper on Reagan Indian policy at the December meeting of the American Anthropological Association.

How to avoid sexual abuse in our schools

Steve Rubin writes about the problem of sexual abuse of school children in a new book released in January by Technomic Publishing Company of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Teachers That Sexually Abuse Students: An Administrative & Legal Guide, coauthored by Rubin and school district attorney John Biggs, was written as a manual for teachers, administrators, parents, and students. It is a guide on how to avoid sexual abuse in our school systems, how to recognize those who are at risk, and how to deal with those who have offended.

Chapters focus on risk factors that help identify the pedophile before he or she is hired, suggestions to parents on how to prevent the sexual abuse of their children, and point-counterpoint "conversations" between psychologist and attorney.

A clinical psychologist and director of the Walla Walla Community Sex Offender Treatment Program, Rubin has treated sex offenders for almost 25 years. He is the author of several articles and papers on sexual abuse of children and sex offender treatment as well as on other subjects. Rubin joined the Whitman faculty in 1971 and currently serves as chair of the psychology department.

Thank God They're on Our Side: U.S. Policy toward right-wing dictatorships

Why the U.S. supported right-wing, authoritarian regimes is the subject of a new book by professor of history David Schmitz. Thank God They're on Our Side: The United States & Right-Wing Dictatorships, 1921-1965 is due out in May from the University of North Carolina Press.

Thank God Theyıre on Our Side challenges the contention that the United States' commitment to democracy worldwide has always motivated its foreign policy. In a statement about the book, Schmitz writes: "Compelled by a persistent concern for order and influenced by a paternalistic racism that characterized non-Western peoples as vulnerable to radical ideas, U.S. policymakers viewed authoritarian regimes as the only vehicles for maintaining political stability and encouraging economic growth in nations such as Nicaragua and Iran.

"Expediency overcame ideology and the United States gained useful - albeit brutal and corrupt - allies who supported American policies and provided a favorable atmosphere for U.S. trade." However, this policy did not remain static, according to Schmitz. It waxed and waned through five decades until the war in Vietnam marked its culmination.

Schmitz"s book is a "powerful, important" study, said historian William O. Walker III of Florida International University. It forces us to "reexamine our assumptions about the very nature of American foreign policy."

Schmitz, who holds the Robert Allen Skotheim Chair of History at Whitman, also is the author of The United States and Fascist Italy, 1922-1940 and has a book in progress, The First Wise Man: Henry L. Stimson and American Foreign Policy. He has taught at the College since 1985.

Award-winning organic chemistry text now in fourth edition

In the fourth edition of his textbook, Organic Chemistry, professor of chemistry L. G. Wade, Jr., covers many techniques and reactions that have more recently gained wide use among practicing chemists. For example, "Carbon-13 NMR spectroscopy is treated as the routine tool it has become in most research laboratories," Wade writes in the book's preface.

Published by Prentice Hall, the 1,300-page book has enhanced problem-solving features over earlier editions and four-color illustrations that distinguish and define such components as the atoms and bonds within molecules and transition states. Included also are relevant, full-color photographs "carefully selected to make people think," said Wade.

First published in 1987, Wade's Organic Chemistry received the National Composition Association Award for Textbook that year. Designed for college sophomore-level chemistry majors and pre-med students, the text has been adopted by more than 200 colleges and universities throughout the country.

Along with the book, Prentice Hall also published Wade's Overhead Transparencies for Organic Chemistry, a set of 200 art pieces and tables.

Wade, the author of numerous journal articles and reviews, has taught at Whitman since 1989.