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From The University of Arizona Press
Rebuilding Native Nations
Strategies for Governance and Development
Edited by Miriam Jorgensen
384 pp. / 6.0 x 9.0 / 2007
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A revolution is underway among the Indigenous nations of North America. It is a quiet revolution, largely unnoticed in society at large. But it is profoundly important. From High Plains

"A landmark publication. Any person interested in Native Nations law and policy will want to have this book."
— Robert A. Williams, University of Arizona

"The paucity of published research on contemporary Indian development immediately earns this edited text attention from scholars in the fields of Native and indigenous studies as well as those interested in the sovereignty efforts and expressions of "dependent domestic nations" undertaking or continuing the project of nation building."
— Julie Pelletier, American Indian Quarterly, 33:4 Fall 2009
states and Prairie Provinces to southwestern deserts, from Mississippi and Oklahoma to the northwest coast of the continent, Native peoples are reclaiming their right to govern themselves and to shape their future in their own ways. Challenging more than a century of colonial controls, they are addressing severe social problems, building sustainable economies, and reinvigorating Indigenous cultures. In effect, they are rebuilding their nations according to their own diverse and often innovative designs.

Produced by the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy at the University of Arizona and the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, this book traces the contours of that revolution as Native nations turn the dream of self-determination into a practical reality. Part report, part analysis, part how-to manual for Native leaders, it discusses strategies for governance and community and economic development being employed by American Indian nations and First Nations in Canada as they move to assert greater control over their own affairs.

Rebuilding Native Nations provides guidelines for creating new governance structures, rewriting constitutions, building justice systems, launching nation-owned enterprises, encouraging citizen entrepreneurs, developing new relationships with non-Native governments, and confronting the crippling legacies of colonialism. For nations that wish to join that revolution or for those who simply want to understand the transformation now underway across Indigenous North America, this book is a critical resource.

About Miriam Jorgensen

Miriam Jorgensen is Associate Director for Research in the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy at the University of Arizona and Research Director of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.