Indigenous Environmental Justice (Indigenous Justice) (Paperback)

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Indigenous Environmental Justice (Indigenous Justice) By Karen Jarratt-Snider (Editor), Marianne O. Nielsen (Editor) Cover Image

Indigenous Environmental Justice (Indigenous Justice) (Paperback)

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This volume clearly distinguishes Indigenous environmental justice (IEJ) from the broader idea of environmental justice (EJ) while offering detailed examples from recent history of environmental injustices that have occurred in Indian Country. With connections to traditional homelands being at the heart of Native identity, environmental justice is of heightened importance to Indigenous communities. Not only do irresponsible and exploitative environmental policies harm the physical and financial health of Indigenous communities, they also cause spiritual harm by destroying land held in a place of exceptional reverence for Indigenous peoples.

With focused essays on important topics such as the uranium mining on Navajo and Hopi lands, the Dakota Access Pipeline dispute on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, environmental cleanup efforts in Alaska, and many other pertinent examples, this volume offers a timely view of the environmental devastation that occurs in Indian Country. It also serves to emphasize the importance of self-determination and sovereignty in victories of Indigenous environmental justice.

The book explores the ongoing effects of colonization and emphasizes Native American tribes as governments rather than ethnic minorities. Combining elements of legal issues, human rights issues, and sovereignty issues, Indigenous Environmental Justice creates a clear example of community resilience in the face of corporate greed and state indifference.
 
Karen Jarratt-Snider is an associate professor and chair of Applied Indigenous Studies at Northern Arizona University and the co-editor of Crime and Social Justice in Indian Country.

Marianne O. Nielsen is a professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University and the co-editor of Crime and Social Justice in Indian.
Product Details ISBN: 9780816540839
ISBN-10: 0816540837
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication Date: May 5th, 2020
Pages: 232
Language: English
Series: Indigenous Justice

“Jarratt-Snider and Nielsen’s book offers eight chapters written by, according to the bios, scholars almost entirely of Indigenous descent or with tribal membership, a circumstance that on its own makes this edited book a standout. However, I also found the individual chapters to be thoughtful, well researched, and well written at a level of interest for scholars as well as college and university students.”—Annie L. Booth, Canadian Journal of Native Studies XXXIX

“Indigenous Environmental Justice introduces the field of Indigenous environmental justice (IEJ) by explicitly explaining the distinctions between IEJ and EJ through a series of illustrative case studies. The authors’ attention to EJ issues as ‘where we live, work, go to school, play, and pray’ works to expand policy makers’ understanding of IEJ, acknowledges and celebrates Indigenous self-determination to combat corporate–state violations of environmental justice, and contributes to the collaborative development of more precise solutions and interventions that support decolonial, Indigenous environmental leadership.”—Beth Rose Middleton Manning, author of Upstream: Trust Lands and Power on the Feather River

“With focused essays on important topics such as the uranium mining on Navajo and Hopi lands, the Dakota Access Pipeline dispute on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, environmental cleanup efforts in Alaska, and many other pertinent examples, this volume offers a timely view of the environmental devastation that occurs in Indian Country.”—Lee Ross, Washington Informer