Rebuilding Native Nations: Strategies for Governance and Development

Feb 21st, 2013 | By | Category: 24-3: The Science of Place, Media Reviews

University of Arizona Press (2007)

Review by Thomas M. Disselhorst

Based on two decades of research, the Native Nations Institute (NNI) at the University of Arizona has worked hard to develop a curriculum for tribal leaders that can assist tribes in achieving true economic self-determination. The essays in Rebuilding Native Nations, published in 2007, are the basis for much of the curriculum that NNI now offers to tribal colleges and universities and other postsecondary institutions. Each of the essays is grounded in research and highlights aspects of tribal leadership, administration, courts, culture, and notions of sovereignty and government structures that allow economic development to occur within Native nations and on reservations. The assumptions built into this book are that Native nations seek to develop their economies in a manner that will benefit their citizens and maintain the integrity of their individual cultures. Thus, any Native nation or tribal government using this book needs to apply its lessons via the lens of that tribe’s culture, history, and unique situation.

Thomas M. Disselhorst is counsel at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, ND.

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