Rebuilding Native Nations: Strategies for Governance and DevelopmentMay 15th, 2008 | By tbegaye | Category: 19-4: Success by Accountability and Assessment, Media Reviews
Edited By Miriam Jorgensen
University of Arizona Press (2007)
Review by Timothy Begaye
In Rebuilding Native Nations, researchers and scholars affiliated with the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development and the Native Nations Institute explore notions of nation building. Combining previous research with their latest findings, the authors discuss new ideas and techniques, and make arguments on how sovereignty, self determination, and leadership are significant factors that can help tribal nations be more stable and successful.
The two opening case studies help to contextualize the role of development, governance, and culture in nation building. Also illustrated are ways tribal constitutions, courts, and other reform serve as key functions that help tribes overcome challenges. Collectively the authors argue that nation building works in Indian country; when tribal governments rather than outside institutions have a voice in tribally operated businesses, when tribal citizens have access to their governments through participation in governance, and when they sustain intergovernmental relations. Rebuilding Native Nations makes expansive references to understanding tribal development strategies. It will interest those who want to know more about tribal development, governance and economic reform.
Timothy Begaye (Diné) is an assistant professor at Arizona State University, College of Education, Division of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies. He has an Ed.D. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.