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

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EditorThe Harvard Project on American Indian Economic De

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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 withstrong 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 theNative 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 andthematically 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 essaysbring 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-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 withstrong identities, practicing religion, prov...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 6.42 × 9.09 × 0.71 inPublished:May 30, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195301269

ISBN - 13:9780195301267


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Table of Contents

The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development: Contributors: The Sounding Board: Preface and Acknowledgments: IntroductionThe Long Road to Self-DeterminationContemporary RealitiesPART I: TRIBES AS NATIONS1. Tribal GovernmentThe Evolution of Governmental FormsFederal Policy and Self-GovernanceThe Importance of Capable Institutions of GovernanceTribal Governments and Nation BuildingCivil Society and Community OrganizationsTribe-to-Tribe RelationsElders Cultural Advisory Council, San Carlos Apache: We Are a Sovereign Government, Hon. W. Ron Allen2. Tribal JurisdictionUnderlying Principles of Tribal JurisdictionAdjudicatory AuthorityRegulatory AuthorityChallenges to Tribal JurisdictionTaxing AuthorityNation Building and Tribal CourtsChoctaw Tribal Court System, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians: The Life Way and the Law Way, Hon. Robert Yazzie3. Tribal-Federal RelationsThe Federal Government's Trust ResponsibilityFederal PaternalismThe Evolution of Federal-Tribal RelationsUnderfunding by Federal AgenciesFederal RecognitionTribes and Federal PoliticsThe Future of Federal-Tribal RelationsZuni Eagle Sanctuary, Zuni Fish and Wildlife Department, Pueblo of Zuni: Promoting Self-Determination, Benjamin Nuvamsa4. Tribal-State RelationsTribal versus State AuthorityIncreased Interaction between States and TribesNew Models of CooperationThe Benefits of CooperationHonoring Our Ancestors: The Chippewa Flowage Joint Agency Management Plan, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians: Educate. Educate. Educate., Hon. Marge Anderson5. International RelationsHistorical International RelationsThe United Nations and Indigenous PeoplesOther International InstitutionsThe Road AheadIroquois Nationals Lacrosse: PART II: ASSETS AND ECONOMY6. Native LandsA History of DispossessionIndian Lands TodayLand ChallengesReacquiring and Reinstating Indian LandsLand Use PlanningThe Future of Indian LandsSwinomish Cooperative Land Use Program: 7. Economic DevelopmentPast Efforts and PoliciesA Tribal Economic Development SnapshotThe Underpinnings of Contemporary Tribal Economic DevelopmentStrategies for Economic DevelopmentOngoing Challenges in Economic DevelopmentLand and JurisdictionThe Future of Economic Development in Native AmericaHo-Chunk, Inc., Winnebego Tribe of Nebraska: Sovereignty Is an Asset, Sherry Salway Black8. GamingThe Development of Contemporary Indian GamingA Policy Primer on American Indian Gaming: The Growth of Indian GamingSocioeconomic Investment and ChangeGaming ControversiesThe Future of Indian GamingQuil Ceda Village, The Tulalip Tribes: 9. Natural ResourcesHistorical ContextNatural Resources in Indian CountryTribal Management of Natural ResourcesEnergyForestryAgricultureWaterThe Outlook for Natural Resources on Indian LandsOneida Nation Farms and Agriculture Center, Oneida Nation of Wisconsin: Meeting the Natural Resource Challenges in Indian Country, Arthur "Butch" Blazer10. EnvironmentHistorical ContextThe Environmental State of Indian CountryChallenges of Tribal Environmental ProtectionTribal-Federal Cooperation in Addressing Current ProblemsTribal Environmental CapacityThe Future of Tribal Environmental ManagementWater Quality Standards, Environmental Department, Pueblo of Sandia: Preservation of Life: Guiding Principles of Indian Tribal Governments, Susan M. WilliamsPART III: SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT11. EducationFrom Degradation to EmpowermentThe State of Educational AttainmentPrimary and Secondary EducationTribally Operated SchoolsNo Child Left BehindPost-Secondary EducationThe Tribal Colleges and UniversitiesThe Future of Indian EducationThe Two-Plus-Two-Plus-Two Program, Hopi Junior/Senior High School, Hopi Nation: Educating a Closed Population Pool, James Shanley12. HealthHistoryHealth StatusCritical Underfunding of the Indian Health-Care SystemSelf-Determination and Health CareToward Progress in Indian HealthWhirling Thunder Wellness Program, Winnebago Tribal Health Department, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska: Health Care: A Trust Responsibility, A Sovereign Right, Yvette Roubideaux13. Family SupportHistory of the Destruction of Native FamiliesThe Growth of Modern Welfare ProgramsFamily Poverty in Indian Country TodayImpact of Federal Welfare ReformImplementing TANF in Indian CountryAt-Risk ChildrenBuilding a Future for FamiliesFond du Lac Foster Care Licensing and Placement Agency, Fond du Lac Lake Superior Band of Chippewa: 14. HousingEarly Indian Housing PolicyThe State of Indian HousingChallenges in Federal Indian Housing PolicySelf-Determination in HousingChallenges AheadChuka Chukmasi Home Loan Program, Division of Housing, Chickasaw Nation: 15. Public SafetyHistoryStatusPublic Safety Issues in Indian CountryPolicy ResponsesToward Improved Public Safety in Indian CountryKake Circle Peacemaking, Organized Village of Kake: PART IV: CULTURE, ARTS, AND MEDIA16. CultureDiverse American Indian CulturesPolicies and Processes of Cultural SuppressionThe Status of Indian LanguagesNative Cosmologies and ReligionsCultural Artifacts, Repatriation, and MuseumsIndigenous KnowledgeCulture's Role in Shaping the Future of Native AmericaOjibwe Language Program, Department of Education, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe: A Valued Past and a Vibrant Present, Hartman Lomawaima17. ArtsThe Arts in Native AmericaThe Marketing of Indian Arts and CraftsDefining and Redefining Contemporary Indian ArtsCherokee National Youth Choir, Cherokee Nation: American Indian Art: A Way of Life, Kevin Red Star18. MediaThe Development of Media PerspectivesMedia in Native AmericaThe Question of the Ownership of Indian MediaNew Approaches to Media IssuesThe Growing Role of the InternetLooking to the FuturePART V: ALASKA NATIVES, NATIVE HAWAIIANS, AND URBAN INDIANS19. Alaska NativesHistoryAlaska Natives and the Settlement of Land ClaimsAlaska Native Socioeconomic StatusChallenges for Alaska NativesProspects for the FutureYukaana Development Corporation, Louden Tribal Council: Sovereignty in Alaska, Willie Kasayulie20. Native HawaiiansHistorical ContextWho Are Native Hawaiians?Current ConditionsNative Hawaiian Policy and Governance21. Urban IndiansHistoryThe Socioeconomic Status of Urban Native AmericansPolicy ConsiderationsUrban Indian Community CentersSelf-Determination for Urban IndiansFuture ProspectsMenominee Community Center of Chicago, Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin: A Different Kind of Immigrant, Sydney BeaneConclusionDefending Tribal Sovereignty, Jacqueline Johnson

Editorial Reviews

"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, Universityof New Mexico