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ERIC Number: EJ923615
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0161-6463
Beyond Listening: Lessons for Native/American Collaborations from the Creation of the Nakwatsvewat Institute
Richland, Justin B.
American Indian Culture and Research Journal, v35 n1 p101-111 2011
In this article, the author talks about "listening," "hearing," and negotiating with tribal leaders, and the possibility that, in effect, the idea that giving voice to Native American concerns necessarily implies that tribes are going to be happy enough with the opportunity to be heard and then be willing to forgo their most powerful interests once the "listening session" is over. He relates his own experience in working with the Hopi tribe and various aspects of their contemporary legal system. He describes these efforts--in collaboration with Patricia Sekaquaptewa and Ethan Elkind, as well as many others--to assist the Hopi people in addressing their land disputes, particularly through the creation of The Nakwatsvewat Institute (TNI). TNI is a national nonprofit organization designed to assist Native nations and their members in the development of culturally sensitive dispute-resolution services and legal systems. The institute emerged from an earlier effort, the Hopi Customary Law Project, an outreach program of the Hopi appellate court initiated eight years ago, which was based on the author's experience working on various aspects of Hopi law.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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