Indigenous Policy Journal

Indigenous Policy Journal (IPJ) publishes articles, commentary, reviews, news, and announcements concerning Native American and international Indigenous affairs, issues, events, nations, groups and media. We invite commentary and dialogue in and between issues: if you are interested in contributing to the journal, please take the time to create a user account on our website and see our Submission Guidelines.

ArticlesAs IPJ is now a refereed journal, articles may be posted on a different schedule from the rest of the journal. We will send out an e-mail announcement when the next set of articles are posted, and can be downloaded as a pdf file. Current articles are available with list in the journal archive.

Vol 27, No 1 (2016): Summer 2016


Table of Contents

Download the Full Issue

IPJ Volume XXVII, (Summer 2016)PDF

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events (Winter 2016)HTML

Ongoing Activities

Ongoing Activities (Winter 2016)HTML

Indigenous Developments

Indian & Indigenous Developments (Winter 2016)HTML


Indigenous Environmental Network and Redoil Respond to Obama-Trudeau Joint Statement on Climate ChangeHTML
#NATIVEVOTE16 - Investing in Coal (or Better, a Transition Away from Coal)HTML
Mark Trahant 
The Politics of Leaving Coal Buried Deep in the GroundHTML
Mark Trahant 
Yaounde: Government and Civil Sector Officials Discuss Issues with Water and Development in a Country Threatened by Climate ChangeHTML
Ida Sophie Winter 
Bernie Sanders Campaign Statement: "Empowering Tribal Nations"HTML
Growing Together: Hillary Clinton's Vision for Building a Brighter Future for Native AmericansHTML
The Case for Reform: Indian Country and the Broken Primary: #ELECTION 16HTML
Mark Trahant 
#NATIVEVOTE16 - Iowa Issue That Should Be On the Table: Self-DeterminationHTML
Mark Trahant 
The Process Concerning the Ways to Enable Participation of Indigenous Peoples' Representatives and Institutions in Relevant UN Bodies on Issues Affecting them: Addendum to the 3rd draft Compilation of 27 May: Discussion paper for the consultation meeting on 30 June 2016HTML
Indigenous Under Attack in HondurasHTML
Brigitte Gynther 
Open Letter to Brazil President Dilma RousseffHTML
Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America 
Open letter to U.S. anthropologists Kim Hill and Robert S. WalkerHTML
Indigenous Organizations of Brazil 

Research Notes

U.S.-Funded Conservation in African Rainforest is Resounding Failure: ReportHTML
Nadia Prupis 
#NATIVEVOTE16 - Donald Trump is Good News, or Really Good News, for Native DemocratsHTML
Mark Trahant 
#NATIVEVOTE16 - Native North DakotaHTML
Mark Trahant 
#NATIVEVOTE16 - Tribes Weigh In, Power of EndorsementsHTML
Mark Trahant 
#NATIVEVOTE16 - Little Dollars Could Turn the World of Politics Upside DownHTML
Mark Trahant 
#NATIVEVOTE16 - How Drawing New Lines on a Map Opens a Path to Native Americans Winning More OfficesHTML
Mark Trahant 
#NativeVote16 - Montana Democrats Say 'Margin of Victory' Is Indian CountryHTML
Mark Trahant 
#NATIVEVOTE16 - Bernie Sanders is Paying Attention to Indian CountryHTML
Mark Trahant 
Report of the [UN] Special Reporteur of the Human Rights Council on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on the Impact of International Investment and Free Trade on Human Rights of Indigenous PeoplesHTML
Indigenous Peoples of Ayutla Dying of NeglectHTML
Kau Sireno Pioquinto 
Gustavo Castro Witnessed the Murder of Berta Castro. That Means his Life is in Danger.HTML
Beverly Bell 
Global Bottom Up by 2030?HTML
Dr. Yossef Ben Meir 
Moroccan Decentralization – Challenges to Genuine ImplementationHTML
Dr. Yossef Ben Meir 

Articles -- Special Issue on Self-Determination

(Articles may be posted on a different schedule from the rest of the journal. We will send out an e-mail announcement when the next set of articles is posted)

Once and Future Diplomacy: The Necessity of Treaty RelationsPDF
Joseph Bauerkemper 
Indigenous Land Rights and Self-Determination in BotswanaPDF
Dr. Anne F. Boxberger Flaherty 
The Path to Self-Governance: How the Alliance of American Indian Leaders envisioned a new relationship between American Indian governments and the federal governmentPDF
Edward Minnema 
Policy Issues in the Self-Determination EraPDF
Richard C. Witmer, PhD, & Margaret O’Conner 

Media Notes

Media Notes (Summer 2016)HTML

Theses and Dissertations

Ph.D. Dissertations from Universities Around the World on Topics Relating to Indians in the Americas, Compiled from Dissertation AbstractsHTML


Advisory Council

Our thanks to all the members of the advisory council who review article submissions: David Armstrong, Phil Bellfy, JoLee Blackbear, Bennis Blue, Stephen Brandon, Patricia Campbell, Ward Churchill, Shane Day, Larry French, Susan Gorgan, Burke Hendrix, Thomas Hoffman, Sheree Hukill, Lilias Jarding, Ezra Rosser, Mickey Poslum, and Stefanie Wickstrom.


IPJ is seeking volunteers to join the Editorial Committee to collaborate with Leo Killsback, our a new Editor in coordinating the refereeing process for submitted articles, sending submissions round to advisory committee members for review, and making final decisions on articles based on reviewers' advice. If you are interested in on the Editorial Committee, please contact Leo Killsback,

IPJ INVITES VOLUNTEERS TO SERVE ON ITS ADVISORY COUNCIL, REFEREEING SUBMITTED ARTICLES. If you are interested in being a reviewer of submitted articles in the IPJ refereeing process, please contact Leo Killsback,

Book Review Committee:

IPJ has a book review committee. People wishing to review books, often receiving a copy to review, and those wishing to have a book review should send a copy, to David Weiden, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Native American Studies, Metropolitan State University of Denver, King Center 494, Campus Box 43, P.O. Box 173362, Denver, CO 80217-3362, 303-556-4914,





We wish you a fine summer. Indigenous Policy journal is available on the web with email notification of new issues at no charge. Indigenous Policy puts out two regular issues a year (Summer and Winter), and since summer 2006, what is now a fall issue serving as the Proceedings of the Western Social Science Association Meeting American Indian Studies Section. We are seeking additional editors, columnists and commentators for regular issues, and editors or editorial groups for special issues, and short articles for each issue. A new development is that, thanks to long time compilers Jonathon Erlen and Jay Toth, we are developing a regularly updated and searchable data base of Ph.D. Dissertations from Universities Around the World on Topics Relating to Indians in the Americas, compiled from Dissertation Abstracts, with recent dissertations also listed separately in each of our regular Summer and Winter issues.

As IPJ is a refereed journal, articles may be posted on a different schedule from the rest of the journal. New articles may go up either at the same time as regular issues, or be added to already posted issues, and may or may not remain up when issues change, until replaced by new articles. Notices go out to our list serve when new issues are posted, and when new articles are posted. To be added to the list to receive e-mail notice of new postings of issues, and new postings of articles, send an e-mail to Steve Sachs:

Jeff Corntassel and colleagues put together a special winter 2002 issue with a focus on “federal recognition and Indian Sovereignty at the turn of the century.” We had a special issue on international Indigenous affairs summer 2004, on Anthropology, Archeology and Litigation – Alaska Style spring 2012, on Exploring the Governance Landscape of Indigenous Peoples and Water in Canada, Spring 2014, and are about to have additional special issues. We invite articles, reports, announcements and reviews of meetings, and media, programs and events, and short reports of news, commentary and exchange of views, as well as willingness to put together special issues.

Send us your thoughts and queries about issues and interests and replies can be printed in the next issue and/or made by e-mail. In addition, we will carry Indigenous Studies Network (ISN) news and business so that these pages can be a source of ISN communication and dialoguing in addition to circular letters and annual meetings at APSA. In addition to being the newsletter/journal of the Indigenous Studies Network, we collaborate with the Native American Studies Section of the Western Social Science Association (WSSA) and provide a dialoguing vehicle for all our readers. This is your publication. Please let us know if you would like to see more, additional, different, or less coverage of certain topics, or a different approach or format.

IPJ is a refereed journal. Submissions of articles should go to Rick Wheelock,, who will send them out for review. Our process is for non-article submissions to go to Steve Sachs, who drafts each regular issue. Unsigned items are by Steve. Other editors then make editing suggestions to Steve. Thomas Brasdefer posts this Journal on the IPJ web site:


We most welcome submissions of articles, commentary, news, media notes and announcements in some way relating to American Indian or international Indigenous policy issues, broadly defined. Please send article submissions electronically attached to e-mail to Rick Wheelock,, who will send them out for review. All non-article submissions (including Research Notes, which usually are non refereed articles) go via email to Steve Sachs: , or on disk, at: 1916 San Pedro, NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87110. If you send writings in Word format, we know we can work with them. We can translate some, but not all other formats into word. If you have notes in your submission, please put them in manually, as end notes as part of the text. Do not use an automated 5 footnote/end note system that numbers the notes as you go and put them in a footer such automated notes are often lost, and if not, may appear elsewhere in the journal, and not in your article, as several writings are posted together in the same file. If you use any tables in a submission, please send a separate file(s) for them, as it is impossible to work with them to put on the web when they are an integral part of a Word text. Some other format/style things are helpful to us, and appreciated, but not an absolute requirement. As we publish in 12 point Times font, with single spacing, and a space between paragraphs, it saves us work if we receive writings that way. Many thanks. We look forward to seeing what you send us. =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=

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