Cover

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Half Title, Series Page, Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Foreword

Jennifer Denetdale

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pp. vii-x

The topic of Navajo sovereignty and self-determination has been the center of vigorous discussion in Diné studies and, in particular, as the Navajo Nation and its leaders address the state of the nation and, often, criticism about the numerous issues that leaders face on a daily basis. At the heart of concerns about Navajo nation building are questions about the extent to which the nation has been able to exert its powers and independence as sovereign. ...

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Introduction

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pp. 3-16

Since time immemorial, Navajo (Diné) people have determined their way of life. They lived life according to their needs. However, for the last 150 years, Navajo people have been confined into a “colonial box” where their rights, freedoms, power, authority, and autonomy are limited. This limitation frames Navajo sovereignty in the twenty-first century. ...

Law

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Diné Sovereignty, a Legal and Traditional Analysis

Raymond D. Austin

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pp. 19-42

It is the summer of 2014 and presidential politics are at full speed on the Navajo Nation. Seventeen candidates have declared for the office of Navajo Nation president.1 Listen to KTNN, the Navajo Nation’s radio station, and read the Navajo Times, the Navajo Nation’s weekly newspaper, and you will notice a term the presidential candidates frequently use ...

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Sovereignty from the Individual Diné Experience

Bidtah Nellie Becker

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pp. 43-54

Professor Lee invited me, and the other writers in this collection, to write essays about Diné sovereignty from our individual perspectives. As a lawyer for the Navajo Nation for just shy of thirteen years, I practiced something called tribal sovereignty. ...

Education

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The Path of Navajo Sovereignty in Traditional Education: Harmony, Disruption, Distress, and Restoration of Harmon

Manley A. Begay Jr.

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pp. 57-90

In June 2014, President Barack Obama, accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama, made a historic visit to Indian Country, stopping at the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Cannonball, North Dakota.1 Not only was it his first visit as president, but he was the first sitting president to visit Indian lands since Bill Clinton did so in 1999. ...

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I Am Your Nali

Leola Tsinnajinnie

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pp. 91-100

In many respects, I had a very privileged upbringing. My parents were both college-educated elementary teachers who taught on the Navajo reservation. I rode to school with them each morning in our trusty 1980s family station wagon. I had my own room in a mobile home that included two bathrooms, a fireplace, and basic comfort utilities. ...

Research

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Diné Principles of Good Governance

Avery Denny, Michael Lerma

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pp. 103-129

Recently the coauthors discussed good governance with members of the Navajo Nation Council legislative staff. All individuals were legitimately concerned about the current and future issues of the Navajo Nation Council. At the heart of these recent conversations are principles of good governance. There are hundreds of Native nations that could potentially be having this exact conversation now and in the very near future.1 ...

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Empowered Sovereignty for Navajo Chapters Through Engagement in a Community-Planning Process

Michelle Hale

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pp. 130-136

In April 2016 a group of Indian planners gathered to discuss the future of community planning in terms of education about the process, need, and impact; training and tools for current and future planners; collaborative partnerships among those who do various aspects of land-use management or community development for Indian Country; ...

Creativity and Vision

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Navajo Sovereignty Through the Lens of Creativity, Imagination, and Vision

Colleen Gorman

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pp. 139-159

Ya’at’ééh (Greetings)! I was asked to write about Navajo sovereignty and its challenges in the future through the lens of creativity, imagination, and vision. We each have an idea of what sovereignty, power, and autonomy mean for Diné. What I share with you is my background, knowledge, and understanding of this space, our place in the world and universe. ...

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Diné Sovereign Action: Rejecting Colonial Sovereignty and Invoking Diné Peacemaking

Larry W. Emerson

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pp. 160-178

New perspectives on Diné sovereignty are much needed because Diné scholars and activists are actively reclaiming, restoring, and reframing Diné identity, culture, language, history, and self-governance with many writers incorporating theories regarding decolonization, healing, transformation, and mobilization. ...

References

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pp. 179-192

Contributors

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pp. 193-196

Index

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pp. 197-206