Native Nations and U.S. Borders

Nov 6th, 2012 | By | Category: 24-2: The Future of the Tribal College Movement, Media Reviews

NATIVE NATIONS AND US BORDERSBy Rachel Rose Starks, Jen McCormack, and Stephen Cornell
Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management and Policy (2011)

Review by Rachael Marchbanks

Following the attack on the World Trade Towers on September 11, 2001 and the formation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a T-shirt began to appear across Indian Country. Below an 1886 photo of the Apache warrior Geronimo and his relatives holding rifles, read the caption, “Fighting terrorism since 1492.” This simple yet powerful message resonated with many, calling attention to the fact that U.S. lands had been forcibly taken from Indigenous people.

The events of 9/11 led the U.S. government to initiate drastic changes in border policy. U.S. borders came under intense scrutiny and the new immigration laws that were enacted resulted in far reaching consequences. These laws were created to protect U.S. interests, but did they incorporate the interests and sovereign rights of tribal nations whose boundaries span international borders? How have immigration and border control policies affected Native people? How have the tribes reacted?

A timely and well-researched book, Native Nations and U.S. Borders addresses these questions and many others— and is an excellent resource for policy makers, students, faculty, and those who are interested in tribal, local, state, and federal government.

Rachael Marchbanks is the publisher of Tribal College Journal.


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