Navajo Sovereignty

Author: Lloyd L. Lee
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
ISBN: 9780816536177
Release Date: 2017-04-11
Genre: Social Science

The last few decades have given rise to an electrifying movement of Native American activism, scholarship, and creative work challenging five hundred years of U.S. colonization of Native lands. Indigenous communities are envisioning and building their nations and are making decolonial strides toward regaining power from colonial forces. The Navajo Nation is among the many Native nations in the United States pushing back. In this new book, Diné author Lloyd L. Lee asks fellow Navajo scholars, writers, and community members to envision sovereignty for the Navajo Nation. He asks, (1) what is Navajo sovereignty, (2) how do various Navajo institutions exercise sovereignty, (3) what challenges does Navajo sovereignty face in the coming generations, and (4) how did individual Diné envision sovereignty? Contributors expand from the questions Lee lays before them to touch on how Navajo sovereignty is understood in Western law, how various institutions of the Navajo Nation exercise sovereignty, what challenges it faces in coming generations, and how individual Diné envision power, authority, and autonomy for the people. A companion to Diné Perspectives: Revitalizing and Reclaiming Navajo Thought, each chapter offers the contributors’ individual perspectives. The book, which is organized into four parts, discusses Western law’s view of Diné sovereignty, research, activism, creativity, and community, and Navajo sovereignty in traditional education. Above all, Lee and the contributing scholars and community members call for the rethinking of Navajo sovereignty in a way more rooted in Navajo beliefs, culture, and values. Contributors: Raymond D. Austin Bidtah N. Becker Manley A. Begay, Jr. Avery Denny Larry W. Emerson Colleen Gorman Michelle L. Hale Michael Lerma Leola Tsinnajinnie

Din Perspectives

Author: Lloyd Lance Lee
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
ISBN: 9780816530922
Release Date: 2014-05-08
Genre: Social Science

"The contributors to this pathbreaking book, both scholars and community members, are Navajo (Dinâe) people who are coming to personal terms with the complex matrix of Dinâe culture. Their contributions exemplify how Indigenous peoples are creatively applying tools of decolonization and critical research to re-create Indigenous thought and culture for contemporary times"--

Guided by the Mountains

Author: Michael Lerma
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190639877
Release Date: 2017-01-16
Genre: Political Science

What do traditional Indigenous institutions of governance offer to our understanding of the contemporary challenges faced by the Navajo Nation today and tomorrow? Guided by the Mountains looks at the tensions between Indigenous political philosophy and the challenges faced by Indigenous nations in building political institutions that address contemporary problems and enact "good governance." Specifically, it looks at Navajo, or Diné, political thought, focusing on traditional Diné institutions that offer "a new (old) understanding of contemporary governance challenges" facing the Navajo Nation. Arguing not only for the existence but also the persistence of traditional Navajo political thought and policy, Guided by the Mountains asserts that "traditional" Indigenous philosophy provides a model for creating effective governance institutions that address current issues faced by Indigenous nations. Incorporating both visual interpretations and narrative accounts of traditional and contemporary Diné institutions of government from Diné philosophers, the book is the first to represent Indigenous philosophy as the foundation behind traditional and contemporary governance. It also explains how Diné governance institutions operated during Pre-Contact and Post-Contact times. This path-breaking book stands as the first-time normative account of Diné philosophy.

Reclaiming Din History

Author: Jennifer Nez Denetdale
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
ISBN: 9780816532711
Release Date: 2015-09-01
Genre: History

In this groundbreaking book, the first Navajo to earn a doctorate in history seeks to rewrite Navajo history. Reared on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico and Arizona, Jennifer Nez Denetdale is the great-great-great-granddaughter of a well-known Navajo chief, Manuelito (1816–1894), and his nearly unknown wife, Juanita (1845–1910). Stimulated in part by seeing photographs of these ancestors, she began to explore her family history as a way of examining broader issues in Navajo historiography. Here she presents a thought-provoking examination of the construction of the history of the Navajo people (Diné, in the Navajo language) that underlines the dichotomy between Navajo and non-Navajo perspectives on the Diné past. Reclaiming Diné History has two primary objectives. First, Denetdale interrogates histories that privilege Manuelito and marginalize Juanita in order to demonstrate some of the ways that writing about the Diné has been biased by non-Navajo views of assimilation and gender. Second, she reveals how Navajo narratives, including oral histories and stories kept by matrilineal clans, serve as vehicles to convey Navajo beliefs and values. By scrutinizing stories about Juanita, she both underscores the centrality of women’s roles in Navajo society and illustrates how oral tradition has been used to organize social units, connect Navajos to the land, and interpret the past. She argues that these same stories, read with an awareness of Navajo creation narratives, reveal previously unrecognized Navajo perspectives on the past. And she contends that a similarly culture-sensitive re-viewing of the Diné can lead to the production of a Navajo-centered history.

Indigenous Community based Education

Author: Stephen May
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
ISBN: 1853594504
Release Date: 1999-01-01
Genre: Education

This edited collection provides examples of indigenous community-based initiatives from around the world. Examples include programmes among Maori in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Sámi in Norway, Aboriginal People in Australia, Innu in Canada, and Native Americans in the mainland US, Hawai'i, Canada and South America. Contributors include indigenous educational practitioners, and indigenous and non-indigenous academics long associated with the study of indigenous education.

Red Pedagogy

Author: Sandy Grande
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781610489904
Release Date: 2015-09-28
Genre: Education

This ground-breaking text explores the intersection between dominant modes of critical educational theory and the socio-political landscape of American Indian education. Grande asserts that, with few exceptions, the matters of Indigenous people and Indian education have been either largely ignored or indiscriminately absorbed within critical theories of education.

Landscapes of Power

Author: Dana E. Powell
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822372295
Release Date: 2017-01-05
Genre: Social Science

In Landscapes of Power Dana E. Powell examines the rise and fall of the controversial Desert Rock Power Plant initiative in New Mexico to trace the political conflicts surrounding native sovereignty and contemporary energy development on Navajo (Diné) Nation land. Powell's historical and ethnographic account shows how the coal-fired power plant project's defeat provided the basis for redefining the legacies of colonialism, mineral extraction, and environmentalism. Examining the labor of activists, artists, politicians, elders, technicians, and others, Powell emphasizes the generative potential of Navajo resistance to articulate a vision of autonomy in the face of twenty-first-century colonial conditions. Ultimately, Powell situates local Navajo struggles over energy technology and infrastructure within broader sociocultural life, debates over global climate change, and tribal, federal, and global politics of extraction.

Wynema

Author: S. Alice Callahan
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803263783
Release Date: 1891
Genre: Social Science

Looks at the lives and friendship of two vastly different women, one a Muscogee Indian, the other a Methodist teacher from a genteel Southern family, and their firm belief in women's rights and Indian reform

A New Partnership

Author: Judith P. Zinsser
Publisher: Unesco
ISBN: UOM:39015033994313
Release Date: 1994
Genre: Education

A guide aimed at teachers in both primary and secondary schools, elucidating indigenous people's close links with their environment, discussing their rights, values, traditions and languages, and analysing the different phases in a growing partnership with the United Nations system. Includes resource material for classroom use.

The Sign of the Beaver

Author: Elizabeth George Speare
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547348703
Release Date: 1983-04-27
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Although he faces responsibility bravely, thirteen-year-old Matt is more than a little apprehensive when his father leaves him alone to guard their new cabin in the wilderness. When a renegade white stranger steals his gun, Matt realizes he has no way to shoot game or to protect himself. When Matt meets Attean, a boy in the Beaver clan, he begins to better understand their way of life and their growing problem in adapting to the white man and the changing frontier. Elizabeth George Speare’s Newbery Honor-winning survival story is filled with wonderful detail about living in the wilderness and the relationships that formed between settlers and natives in the 1700s. Now with an introduction by Joseph Bruchac.

Native Historians Write Back

Author: Susan Allison Miller
Publisher:
ISBN: 0896726991
Release Date: 2011
Genre: History

"A first-of-its-kind anthology of historical articles by Indigenous scholars, framed in assumptions and concepts derived from the authors' respective Indigenous worldviews. Writings stand in sharp contrast to works by historians who may belong to tribes but work within the Euroamerican worldview"--Provided by publisher.

Laughing Boy

Author: Oliver La Farge
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0618446729
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Fiction

In a novel set in the Southwest during 1915, a silversmith named Laughing Boy falls in love with an "educated" Navajo woman at a ceremonial dance, sparking a relationship that will reveal the deep rhythms and longing of Navajo life. Reprint.

Language and Materiality

Author: Jillian R. Cavanaugh
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107180949
Release Date: 2017-10-19
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Language and Materiality argues the importance of analyzing language use with an eye toward new materialisms, semiotics, and ideology.

For Indigenous Minds Only

Author: Michael Yellow Bird
Publisher: School for Advanced Research on the
ISBN: 1934691933
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Social Science