SPRING 2007 VOL. 17/NO. 1

NATURAL SCIENCES

The October 1998 Flood of the Upper Guadalupe River System, Central Texas Richard A. Earl 3

    Key Words:  Guadalupe River, hydrometeorology, structural flood control, Texas floods

Sulfate Mineral Paragenesis in Pennsylvanian Rocks and the Occurrence of Slavikite in Nebraska R. M. Joeckel, K. D. Wally, S. A. Fischbein, and P. R. Hanson 17

    Key Words:  hydrated sulfate minerals, Nebraska, pyrite oxidation, slavikite

Evapotranspiration Estimation and Scaling Effects over the Nebraska Sandhills Venkataramana Sridhar 35

    Key Words:  crop coefficients, evapotranspiration, hydrology, Nebraska Sandhills, scaling

Comparison of Botanical Composition, Soil Carbon Content, and Root Distribution of Subirrigated Meadows in the Nebraska Sandhills Eric M. Mousel, Walter H. Schacht, C. William Zanner, and David A. Wedin 47

    Key Words:  groundwater, native vegetation, root mass, Sandhills, soil carbon, subirrigated meadow

SOCIAL SCIENCES

Evaluation of the College Experience among American Indian Upperclassmen Terry Huffman and Ron Ferguson 61

    Key Words:  American Indian cultural traditionalism, American Indian education, American Indian higher educational persistence and attrition, higher education personal evaluation

Assessing the Free Land Programs for Reversing Rural Depopulation Max Lu and Darci A. Paull 73

    Key Words:  depopulation, free land, Great Plains, Kansas, mini-homesteading, small towns

Population Characteristics and Health Service Use by Latino Immigrants to Southwest Missouri Suzanne E. Walker, Susan Dollar, and Ravindra G. Amonker 87

    Key Words:  health disparities, health services, Latino immigrants, preventive health care, rural health, socio-demographics

Water Rights and Land Values in the West-Central Plains Allan Jenkins, Bruce Elder, Ram Valluru, and Paul Burger 101

    Key Words: irrigation, land values, water rights

ABSTRACTS

BOOK REVIEWS

Ogallala Blue: Water and Life on the High Plains by William Ashworth, reviewed by Sandra Zellmer 113

The Science, Impacts and Monitoring of Drought in Western Canada: Proceedings of the 2004 Prairie Drought Workshop by Dave Sauchyn, Madhav Khandekar, and E. Ray Garnett, eds., reviewed by Virginia Wittrock  114

Prairie Time: A Blackland Portrait by Matt White, reviewed by David Taylor  114

Applying Nature’s Design: Corridors as a Strategy for Biodiversity Conservation by Anthony B. Anderson and Clinton N. Jenkins, reviewed by Curtis Freese  115

Global Warming in the 21st Century. Volume 1: Our Evolving Climate Crisis; Volume 2: Melting Ice and Warming Seas; Volume 3: Plants and Animals in Peril by Bruce E. Johansen, reviewed by Robert Harriss  116

Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating by Jane Goodall, with Gary McAvoy and Gail Hudson, reviewed by Charles A. Francis  116

The Search for the Common Language: Environmental Writing and Education by Melody Graulich and Paul Crumbley, eds., reviewed by Denise Tillery  117

This Land: A Guide to Central National Forests by Robert H. Mohlenbrock, reviewed by James R. Brandle  117

Deep Time and the Texas High Plains: History and Geology by Paul H. Carlson, reviewed by J. Brett Cruse  118

Soils in Archaeological Research by Vance T. Holliday, reviewed by Rolfe D. Mandel  119

The Biology of Freshwater Wetlands: Biology of Habitats by Arnold G. van der Valk, reviewed by Ned H. Euliss, Jr.  119

Watchable Birds of the Black Hills, Badlands and Northern Great Plains by Jan L. Wassink, reviewed by Paul A. Johnsgard  120

The Real Roadrunner by Martha Anne Maxon, reviewed by Janice M. Hughes 121

Laws and Societies in the Canadian Prairie West, 1670-1940 by Louis A. Knafla and Jonathan Swainger, eds., reviewed by Thomas M.J. Bateman  121

The Other Alberta: Decoding a Political Enigma by Doreen Barrie, reviewed by Gurston Dacks  122

Taxing Illusions: Taxation, Democracy and Embedded Political Theory by Phillip Hansen, reviewed by Neil Brooks  123

Pictures Bring Us Messages’/Sinaakssiiksi aohtsimaahpihkookiyaawa: Photographs and Histories from the Kainai Nation by Alison K. Brown and Laura Peers with members of the Kainai Nation, reviewed by Susan Berry  124

Native Americans in the School System: Family, Community, and the Academic Achievement by Carol J. Ward, reviewed by Jon Reyhner  124



FALL 2007 VOL. 17/NO. 2

FOREWORD James W. Merchant and Rex Honey 131
ARTICLES

Regional Dynamics of Grassland Change in the Western Great Plains Mark A. Drummond 133

    Key Words: grassland, agriculture, driving force, ecoregion, Great Plains, land-cover change

The Shop-Locally Discourse in Jefferson County, Kansas Gina K. Thornburg 145

    Key Words: discourse analysis, rural Kansas, socioeconomic change, villages

Native Land Acquisition in the Minnesota River Valley Laura J. Smith 155

    Key Words: American Indians, land tenure, land use, regional development, political geography, economic geography

Understanding Scared Lands Roxanne T. Ornelas 165

    Key Words: Garrison Dam, human rights, Missouri River, sacred lands, Three Affiliated Tribes

Potential Aboriginal-Occupation-Induced Dune Activity, Elbow Sand Hills, Northern Great Plains, Canada Stephen A. Wolfe, Chris H. Hugenholtz, Christopher P. Evans, D.J. Huntley, and Jeff Ollerhead 173

    Key Words: aboriginal occupation, bison, disturbance, optical dating, sand dunes

Physiological Responses of Four Hazelnut Hybrids to Water Availability in Nebraska Tala Awada and Scott Josiah 193

    Key Words: carbon isotope, Corylus, drought, Great Plains, photosynthesis, water potential, water use efficiency

Grassland Birds in Restored Grasslands of the Rainwater Basin Region in Nebraska Jill Sporrong Utrup and Craig A. Davis 203

    Key Words: grassland birds, grassland restoration, Nebraska, Rainwater Basin Region

Prarie Sandreed Response to Preceding-year Defoliation and Precipitation Regime Patrick E. Reece, Justin W. Morris, Walter H. Schacht, Ann E. Koehler, Jerry D. Volesky, and Lowell E. Moser 215

    Key Words: herbage response, prairie sandreed, seasonal water stress, tallgrasses, tiller demography

ABSTRACTS

BOOK REVIEWS

Buffalo Nation: American Indian Efforts to the Restore Bison by Ken Zontek, reviewed by James H. Shaw 225

Being Lakota: Identity and Tradition on Pine Ridge Reservation by Larissa Petrillo with Melda and Lupe Trejo, reviewed by Paula L. Wagoner 225

Treaty Promises, Indian reality: Life on a Reservation by Harold LeRat with Linda Ungar, reviewed by Robert Alexander Innes 226

Indian Gaming and Tribal Sovereignty: The Casino Compromise by Steven Andrew Light and Kathryn R. L. Rand, reviewed by James V. Fenelon 227

Like a Loaded Weapon: The Rehnquist Court, Indian Rights, and the Legal History of Racism in America by Robert A. Williams, Jr., reviewed by Alexander Page 227

Lethal Injection: Capital Punishment in Texas During the Modern Era by Jon Sorenson and Rochy LeAnn Pilgrim, reviewed by Nicole Cásarez 228

Hidden Victims: The Effects of the Death Penalty on Families of the Accused by Susan F. Sharp, reviewed by Mark Costanzo 229

False Expectations: Politics and the Pursuit of the Saskatchewan Myth by Dale Eisler, reviewed by Cristine de Clercy 230

Queer Youth in Province of the "Severely Normal" by Gloria Filax, reviewed by Doreen Fumia 230

North American Icelandic: The Life of a Language by Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir, reviewed by Kirsten Wolf 231

Paleoamerican Orgins: Beyond Clovis by Robson Bonnichsen, Bradley T. Lepper, Dennis Stanford, and Michael R. Waters, eds., reviewed by Matthew G. Hill 232

Deep Alberta: Fossil Facts and Dinosaur Digs by John Acorn, reviewed by Eric Snively 232

Texas Quails: Ecology and Management by Leonard A. Brennan, ed., reviewed by Paul A. Johnsgard 233

Deer of the Southwest: A Complete Guide to the Natural History, Biology, and Management of Southwestern Mule Deer and White-Tailed Deer by Jim Heffelfinger, reviewed by Ruben Cantu 233

The Nature of Eastern North Dakota: Pre-1880 Historical Ecology by Keith E. Severson and Carolyn Hull Sieg, reviewed by Dennis H. Knight 234

Dakota Flora: A Seasonal Sampler by David J. Ode, reviewed by James H. Lochlear 234

Wild Orchids of the Prairies and Great Plains Region of North America by Paul Martin Brown, illustrated by Stan Folson, reviewed by Doris Ames 235

The National Grasslands: A Guide to America’s Undiscovered Treasures by Francis Moul, photographs by Georg Joutras, reviewed by Mary Ann Vinton 236

Plant Breeding: The Arnel R. Hallauer International Symposium by Kendall R. Lamkey and Michael Lee, eds., reviewed by Jianming Yu 236

Developing and Extending Sustainable Agriculture: A New Social Contract by Charles A. Francis, Raymond P. Poincelot, and George W. Bird, eds., reviewed by Fabian D. Menalled  237

Farming and the Fate of Wild Nature: Essays in Conservation-Based Agriculture by Daniel Imhoff and Jo Ann Baumgartner, eds., reviewed by Judith Soule 238

Agates: Treasures of the Earth by Roger Pabian with Brian Jackson, Peter Tandy, and John Cromartie, reviewed by Frances V. Belohlavy 239