Since ancient times, native peoples across America governed themselves with a tribal council or another system of government. Many developed constitutions to codify their laws as well. This important aspect of Native American history is carefully explained in this well-researched and accessible book, which focuses on the governments of several Native American societies. Historical images, interesting fact boxes and sidebars, and a colorful design make this significant subject even more appealing to young historians. A graphic organizer and concluding questions encourage readers to think more deeply about the essential ideas of the text.