ERIC Number: ED312098
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Critical Issues in Native North America. IWGIA Document No. 62.
Churchill, Ward, Ed.
This collection of articles compares the problems and issues facing indigenous nations within the United States and Canada and examines forms of native resistance. Glenn T. Morris and M. Annette Jaimes summarize the evolution of the "legal status" of indigenous nations under U.S. law and examine how U.S. legal definitions undermine indigenous sovereignty and allow massive expropriations of Indian lands. This legal and conceptual groundwork is drawn upon by Ward Churchill, Winona LaDuke, Bernard Nietschmann, and William LaBon in case studies of the Black Hills land claim by the Lakota Nation (Western Sioux), the White Earth Anishinabe (Chippewa) land claim in Minnesota, the nuclearization of the Western Shoshone Nation in the Great Basin region, and the "Go Road" Supreme Court decision allowing a logging access road through traditional Yurok, Karok, and Tolawa religious sites on federal land. Jim Vander Wall describes the current situation of Leonard Peltier, an indigenous activist imprisoned by the U.S. government. Sharon H. Venne examines indigenous status under Canadian law. Three other articles on Canada natives (by Jim Harding, staff of the Dam the Dams Project, and Ward Churchill) describe the effects of (1) uranium mining in northern Saskatchewan (2) hydroelectric projects in northern Canada, and (3) colonial exploitation of the Lubicon Lake Cree. Dalee Sambo reports on critical issues in the Arctic, as seen by the Inuit Circumpolar Conference. This publication also contains a poem by Bobby Gene Garcia, a statement by John Trudell at the Black Hills International Survival Gathering, a map of indigenous North America, and profiles of contributors. (SV)
Descriptors: Activism, Alaska Natives, American Indian History, American Indian Reservations, American Indians, Canada Natives, Court Litigation, Federal Indian Relationship, Indigenous Populations, Legal Problems, North American History, Tribal Sovereignty, Tribes
International Secretariat of IWGIA, Fiolstraede 10, DK-1171 Copenhagan K, Denmark ($22.00 annaul subscription of 4 numbers; may also be purchased separately).
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Collected Works - General; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs, Copenhagen (Denmark).
Identifiers - Location: North America