The State of the Native Nations

The State of the Native Nations : Conditions Under U.S. Policies of Self-Determination

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Media filters and personal preconceptions can make it hard to get a clear view of present-day Indian America. The reality is that the 500+ Native nations in the United States confront many of the same day-to-day challenges that are faced by other nations and communities-raising children with strong identities, practicing religion, providing economic sustenance, strengthening culture, managing business and governmental affairs, and protecting public health and safety-but they are doing so from foundations built on their distinct histories, cultures, and circumstances. The State of the Native Nations: Conditions under U.S. Policies of Self-Determination chronicles the efforts, obstacles, and accomplishments that are shaping Indian Country under contemporary federal policies and responsive tribal strategies of self-determination. In The State of the Native Nations, the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development brings together scholars and Native leaders to produce the most comprehensive, cohesive interdisciplinary study available on current conditions and trends in Indian Country. Broad in scope and thematically organized, the volume features twenty-three chapters covering issues ranging from tribal governance, land and natural resources, and economic and social development, to arts and culture, the large off-reservation Native population, and federal Indian policy. Fourteen accompanying essays bring to life the personal perspectives of noted national leaders in Native affairs. The result is invaluable insight into the universal challenges of creating resilient, sustained, and self-determined communities. FEATURES: * Balances first-person accounts and field findings with extensive and up-to-date data and facts * Emphasizes the critical issues of Native self-determination and nation-building * Puts contemporary issues in their historical and policy contexts * Integrates case studies that highlight successful examples of the practice of Native nation self-determinationshow more

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  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 162.56 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 544.31g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 75 illus. & 3 maps
  • 0195301269
  • 9780195301267
  • 1,209,065

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This uniquely collaborative book comprehensively tells the compelling story of indigenous nations in a way unlike any other. Bursting with empirical data not readily available, and brimming with practical and scholarly insights, it is a must-read for anyone interested in the current situation of America's senior nations its First Nations. The State of the Native Nations fills a void that currently exists for easily accessible, self-contained reflective research related to building Native nations. It will certainly be a sought after course reader within Native programs throughout the US and Canada. Gregory Cajete, University of New Mexicoshow more

Table of contents

Introduction; PART 1: TRIBES AS NATIONS; 1. TRIBAL GOVERNMENT; The Evolution of Governmental Forms; Federal Policy and Self-Governance; The Importance of Capable Institutions of Governance; Tribal Governments and Nation Building; Civil Society and Community Organizations; Tribe-to-Tribe Relations; We Are a Sovereign Government, W. Ron Allen; 2. TRIBAL JURISDICTION; Underlying Principles of Tribal Jurisdiction; Adjudicatory Authority; Regulatory Authority; Challenges to Tribal Jurisdiction; Taxing Authority; Nation Building and Tribal Courts; The Life Way and the Law Way, Robert Yazzie; 3. TRIBAL-FEDERAL RELATIONS; The Federal Government Trust Responsibility; Federal Paternalism; The Evolution of Federal-Tribal Relations; Underfunding by Federal Agencies; Federal Recognition; Tribes and Federal Politics; The Future of Federal-Tribal Relations; Promoting Self-Determination, Benjamin Nuvamsa; 4. TRIBAL-STATE RELATIONS; Tribal versus State Authority; Increased Interaction between States and Tribes; New Models of Cooperation; The Benefits of Cooperation; Educate. Educate. Educate., Marge Anderson; 5. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS; Historical International Relations; The United Nations and Indigenous Peoples; Other International Institutions; The Road Ahead; PART 2: ASSETS AND ECONOMY; 6. NATIVE LANDS; A History of Dispossession; Indian Lands Today; Land Challenges; Reacquiring and Reinstating Indian Lands; Land Use Planning; The Future of Indian Lands; 7. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; Past Efforts and Policies; A Tribal Economic Development Snapshot; The Underpinnings of Contemporary Tribal Economic Development; Strategies for Economic Development; Ongoing Challenges in Economic Development; Land and Jurisdiction; The Future of Economic Development in Native America; Sovereignty Is an Asset, Sherry Salway Black; 8. GAMING; The Development of Contemporary Indian Gaming; The Growth of Indian Gaming; Socioeconomic Investment and Change; Gaming Controversies; The Future of Indian Gaming; 9. NATURAL RESOURCES; Historical Context; Natural Resources in Indian Country; Tribal Management of Natural Resources; Energy; Forestry; Agriculture; Water; Outlook for Natural Resources on Indian Lands; Meeting the Natural Resource Challenges in Indian Country, Arthur "Butch" Blazer; 10. ENVIRONMENT; The Historic Context; The Environmental State of Indian Country; Challenges of Tribal Environmental Protection; Tribal and Federal Cooperation in Addressing Current Challenges; The Future of Tribal Environmental Management; Preservation of Life: Guiding Principles of Indian Tribal Governments, Susan M. Williams; PART 3: SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT; 11. EDUCATION; From Degradation to Empowerment; The State of Educational Attainment; Primary and Secondary Education; Tribally-Operated Schools; Education Reform; Post-Secondary Education; The Tribal Colleges and Universities; The Future of Indian Education; Educating a Closed Population Pool, James Shanley; 12. HEALTH; History; Health Status; Critical Under-Funding of the Indian Health Care System; Self-Determination and Health Care; Self-Determined Indian Health; Health Care: A Trust Responsibility, A Sovereign Right, Yvette Roubideaux, M.D., M.P.H; 13. FAMILY SUPPORT; History of the Destruction of Native Families; The Growth of Modern Welfare Programs; Family Poverty in Indian Country Today; Impact of Federal Welfare Reform; Implementing TANF in Indian Country; At-Risk Children; Building a Future for Families; 14. HOUSING; Early Indian Housing Policy; The State of Indian Housing; Challenges in Federal Indian Housing Policy; Self-Determination in Housing; Challenges Ahead; 15. PUBLIC SAFETY; History; Status; Public Safety Challenges in Indian Country; Policy Responses; Towards Improved Public Safety in Indian Country; PART 4: CULTURE, ARTS, AND MEDIA; 16. CULTURE; Diverse American Indian Cultures; Policies and Processes of Cultural Suppression; The Status of Indian Languages; Native Cosmologies and Religions; Cultural Artifacts, Repatriation and Museums; Indigenous Knowledge; Culture's Role in Shaping the Future of Native America; A Valued Past and a Vibrant Present, Hartman Lomawaima; 17. ARTS; The Arts in Native America; Marketing Indian Arts and Crafts; Defining and Redefining Contemporary Indian Arts; American Indian Art: A Way of Life, Kevin Red Star; 18. MEDIA; The Development of Media Perspectives; Media in Native America; The Ownership Challenge of Indian Media; New Approaches to Media Issues; The Growing Role of the Internet; Looking to the Future; SECTION 5: ALASKA NATIVES, NATIVE HAWAIIANS, AND URBAN INDIANS; 19. ALASKA NATIVES; History; Alaska Natives and the Settlement of Land Claims; Alaska Native Socioeconomic Status; Challenges for Alaska Natives; Prospects for the Future; Sovereignty in Alaska, Willie Kasayulie; 20. NATIVE HAWAIIANS; Historical Context; Who Are Native Hawaiians?; Current Conditions; Native Hawaiian Policy and Governance; 21. URBAN INDIANS; History; The Socioeconomic Status of Urban Native Americans; Policy Challenges; Urban Indian Community Centers; Self-Determination for Urban Indians; Future Prospects; A Different Kind of Immigrant, Sydney Beane; CONCLUSION; Defending Tribal Sovereignty, Jacqueline Johnsonshow more

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