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Rebuilding Native Nations: Strategies for Governance and Development


reviewed by Elizabeth Sumida Huaman April 30, 2008

coverTitle: Rebuilding Native Nations: Strategies for Governance and Development
Author(s): Miriam Jorgensen (Ed.)
Publisher: University of Arizona Press, Tucson
ISBN: 0816524238, Pages: 384, Year: 2007
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Rebuilding Native Nations is the product of a methodological drive explained by Jorgensen in which the authors listened and learned from the field, analyzed and combined findings with other research and then returned the findings to their research subjects—who are in this case, Native American Tribal nations and their leaders (mainly the U.S. and some First Nations in Canada). What proceeds in each of the four sections of Rebuilding is an attempt to understand through comparative documentation the complex conundrum of creating and maintaining stable and effective systems of Indigenous governance that honor the concept of Tribal sovereignty, while participating in a nationally and locally-driven process of development within Indian lands. A story of dependency, self-determination, blatant realities including internal conflicts and examples of Tribal successes in balancing the twists and turns of external and internal forces that clash with their intents to maintain and thrive as nations, is carefully... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 30, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15242, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 4:25:51 PM

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  • Elizabeth Huaman
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    ELIZABETH SUMIDA HUAMAN (Wanka/Quechua and Japanese) is a doctoral candidate in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her work focuses on Indigenous ecological knowledge in the Americas, Native language usage in nonformal education and Indigenous research methodologies. She has professional experience working with Indigenous Nations in Peru, southwestern Ontario Canada, the southwestern and midwestern U.S, and is a graduate of Dartmouth College (B.A.) and Harvard Graduate School of Education (Ed.M).
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