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

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List price: $54.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/25/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

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-determination

The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development
The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development
Contributors: The Sounding Board
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Long Road to Self-Determination
Contemporary Realities
Tribes As Nations
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
Elders Cultural Advisory Council, San Carlos Apache: We Are a Sovereign Government
Tribal Jurisdiction
Underlying Principles of Tribal Jurisdiction
Adjudicatory Authority
Regulatory Authority
Challenges to Tribal Jurisdiction
Taxing Authority
Nation Building and Tribal Courts
Choctaw Tribal Court System, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
The Life Way and the Law Way
Tribal-Federal Relations
The Federal Government's 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
Zuni Eagle Sanctuary, Zuni Fish and Wildlife Department
Promoting Self-Determination
Tribal-State Relations
Tribal versus State Authority
Increased Interaction between States and Tribes
New Models of Cooperation
The Benefits of Cooperation
Honoring Our Ancestors
The Chippewa Flowage Joint Agency Management Plan, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians: Educate. Educate. Educate
International Relations
Historical International Relations
The United Nations and Indigenous Peoples
Other International Institutions
The Road Ahead
Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse
Assets and Economy
Native Lands
A History of Dispossession
Indian Lands Today
Land Challenges
Reacquiring and Reinstating Indian Lands
Land Use Planning
The Future of Indian Lands
Swinomish Cooperative Land Use Program
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
Ho-Chunk, Inc., Winnebego Tribe of Nebraska: Sovereignty Is an Asset
Gaming
The Development of Contemporary Indian Gaming
A Policy Primer on American Indian Gaming: The Growth of Indian Gaming
Socioeconomic Investment and Change
Gaming Controversies
The Future of Indian Gaming
Quil Ceda Village, The Tulalip Tribes:
Natural Resources
Historical Context
Natural Resources in Indian Country
Tribal Management of Natural Resources
Energy
Forestry
Agriculture
Water
The Outlook for Natural Resources on Indian Lands
Oneida Nation Farms and Agriculture Center, Oneida Nation of Wisconsin
Meeting the Natural Resource Challenges in Indian Country, Arthur "Butch" Blazer
Environment
Historical Context
The Environmental State of Indian Country
Challenges of Tribal Environmental Protection
Tribal-Federal Cooperation in Addressing Current Problems
Tribal Environmental Capacity
The Future of Tribal Environmental Management
Water Quality Standards, Environmental Department, Pueblo of Sandia
Preservation of Life: Guiding Principles of Indian Tribal Governments
Social Development
Education
From Degradation to Empowerment
The State of Educational Attainment
Primary and Secondary Education
Tribally Operated Schools
No Child Left Behind
Post-Secondary Education
The Tribal Colleges and Universities
The Future of Indian Education
The Two-Plus-Two-Plus-Two Program, Hopi Junior/Senior High School, Hopi Nation
Educating a Closed Population Pool
Health
History
Health Status
Critical Underfunding of the Indian Health-Care System
Self-Determination and Health Care
Toward Progress in Indian Health
Whirling Thunder Wellness Program
Winnebago Tribal Health Department, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska

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