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.

Articles: As 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.

Statement of Purpose

Indigenous Policy Journal Standards and Philosophy of Publication of Scholarly Articles

In its publication of double-blind, peer-reviewed scholarly articles, the Indigenous Policy Journal aspires the highest standards of scholarly edification and discourse on policy issues facing Indigenous peoples. In doing so, the IPJ is informed by the important national and international policy goals of self-determination and continuance of cultural values of indigenous people. We advise those submitting their articles to be aware of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which provides useful guidelines for scholarly inquiry and study of practically any policy issue that contributes to the continuance of indigenous peoples.

Vol 28, No 1 (2017): Summer 2017

Table of Contents

Download the Full Issue

Download the full issue (Summer 2017)

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events (Summer 2017)

Ongoing Activities

Ongoing Activities (Summer 2017)

Indigenous Developments

Indigenous Developments (Summer 2017)


The Planet Can't Stand this Presidency
Bill McKibben
Trump's Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement: Another Affront to the Planet, Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights
International Indian Treaty Council
Two Members of Congress get an $8 Billion Favor That's more than 10 Times What Indian Health Programs Will Lose
Mark Trahant
Trump's Signing Statement: Risks Funding for all Tribal Housing Block Grants
Mark Trahant
The Elected: Opening Up a Channel for Discourse About Indian Country's Issues
Mark Trahant
Five Ways Indian Country Can Challenge the Policies of the Trump White House
Mark Trahant
Open Letter to Massachusetts Joint Committee on Education to Ban Native American Mascots
Cultural Survival
Statement to the 16th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples by the Indigenous Media and Communications Caucus
Cultural Survival
Broken Land, Broken Lives of Pastoralist People in Laikipia Sambburu: Open Letter to the President of Kenya, H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta over the Situation in Laikipia
Cultural Survival
The Declaration of Tecpan: 3rd International Peoples Corn Conference
Cultural Survival

Research Notes

Tribes Respond to Presidential Withdrawal from Climate Pact
Mark Trahant
The New Deal for Tribes: Resource Extraction & Toxic Waste (Minus the Jobs)
Mark Trahant
WWF and the Loggers: A Brief History of Greenwashing in the Congo
Mark Trahant
Yes, Trump's Budget is Destructive and Disruptive (And We've Seen That Before)
Mark Trahant
What's next? Three Ways to Add Money to Indian Health and Bigger Fights Ahead
Mark Trahant
Compensation for Study of Participation in Tribal Communities: A Research Note
Megan Doughty
A Seat at the Table? Claudia Kauffman Launches Bid for Seattle Port Commission
Mark Trahant
#NATIVEVOTE18 Pueblo Woman. Mom. Gourmet Cook. Runner. It's Time to Add "Member of Congress" to that List
Mark Trahant
Why Run? Utah Candidate Cites Standing Rock as Awakening #NATIVEVOTE18
Mark Trahant
She Represents. A Survey of Native American Women Who've Been Elected
Mark Trahant
Updated Numbers. A Look at Native American Women Elected to Office
Mark Trahant
Muslims, Navajos, Peaches
George H. Junne Jr.
Report on the Sixteenth Session
Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
A Guide to STS Problem Solving and Informed Social Action In Indigenous Communities
Ken Bryson
Latin America: Trump's Wall and China's Bridges
Ral Zibechi
Observations on the State of Indigenous Human Rights in Guatemala
Cultural Survival
Observations on the State of Indigenous Human Rights in Argentina
Cultural Survival
Observations on the State of Indigenous Human Rights in Peru
Cultural Survival
Observations on the State of Indigenous Human Rights in Ukraine
Cultural Survival
Observations on the State of Indigenous Human Rights in Pakistan
Cultural Survival
Observations on the State of Indigenous Human Rights in Japan
Cultural Survival
Observations on the State of Indigenous Human Rights in Gabon
Cultural Survival
Indigenismo: Forgotten Bodies, Tongues of Change
Brandon Alvarez


Benita Tam, Leanne Findlay, Dafna Kohen
Lloyd Lance Lee
Laurence Armand French, Magdaleno Manzanarez
John W Friesen
John George Hansen, Rose Antsanen

Book Reviews

Bibliometric Analysis of Soviet and Post-Soviet Histiography of the Indigenous Population of Alaska of the Russian-American Period
Richard L. Blanc

Media Notes

Media Notes (Summer 2017)

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 Poslun, and Stefanie Wickstrom.


IPJ is seeking volunteers to join the Editorial Committee to collaborate with Rick Wheelock, 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 Rick Wheelock,

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 Rick Wheelock,

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. =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=