Philleo Nash: Anthropologist as Administrator

  1. Ruth H. Landman and
  2. Katherine Spencer Halpern
  1. James E. Officer

Published Online: 20 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444307030.ch3

Applied Anthropologist and Public Servant: The Life and Work of Philleo Nash

Applied Anthropologist and Public Servant: The Life and Work of Philleo Nash

How to Cite

Officer, J. E. (1989) Philleo Nash: Anthropologist as Administrator, in Applied Anthropologist and Public Servant: The Life and Work of Philleo Nash (eds R. H. Landman and K. S. Halpern), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444307030.ch3

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1989

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780913167281

Online ISBN: 9781444307030

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Keywords:

  • Philleo Nash - anthropologist as administrator;
  • Dr. Philleo Nash – taking oath of office as the 38th Commissioner of Indian Affairs;
  • Nash's administrative strategy when he took office - to work insofar as possible through the existing structure of the Indian Bureau;
  • Nash announced the convening of a conference of reservation superintendents in Denver - giving the commissioner an opportunity to introduce both his new policy and his new administrative team;
  • Nash's strategy of combining the old with the new did not set well with some of his closest friends;
  • Nash – bringing in some anthropologists into the bureau for specialized jobs, Gordon Macgregor who had served with Collier;
  • Nash constantly stressing on the importance of BIA personnel and lndians working together;
  • Nash began to seek the collaboration of government agencies - in providing better services for reservation communities and in promoting economic development;
  • Nash - one of history's most effective commissioners when it came to dealing with the appropriations committees of Congress;
  • Senator Henry Jackson of Washington, who replaced Anderson as head of the Interior Committee, clashes with Nash - commissioner and the senator crossed swords on the issue of terminating the Colville reservation leading to Philleo's resignation