Indigenous Policy Journal

Indigenous Policy Journal (IPJ) publishes articles, commentary, reviews, news, and announcements concerning Native American and international Indigenous affairs, issues, events, nations, groups and media. We invite commentary and dialogue in and between issues: if you are interested in contributing to the journal, please take the time to create a user account on our website and see our Submission Guidelines.

ArticlesAs IPJ is now a refereed journal, articles may be posted on a different schedule from the rest of the journal. We will send out an e-mail announcement when the next set of articles are posted, and can be downloaded as a pdf file. Current articles are available with list in the journal archive.

Vol 26, No 1 (2015): Summer 2015

Table of Contents

Download the Full Issue

IPJ Volume XXVI, Issue 1 (Summer 2015) PDF

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events (Summer 2015) HTML

Ongoing Activities

Ongoing Activities (Summer 2015) HTML

Indigenous Developments

Indigenous Developments (Summer 2015) HTML


The Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Only a sweeping Constitutional Amendment can save us from a global environmental disaster beyond our imagination HTML
Rabbi Michael Lerner
Obama's Arctic Decisions May Be the Climate's Turning Point HTML
Mark Trahant
Oil Is Cheap... So Leave It in the Ground and Address Change HTML
Mark Trahant
Perhaps It's Time to Stop Eating Almonds to Save California Water HTML
Stephen Sachs
Native American Youth and a Million Lines of Code HTML
Mark Trahant
Millions of Montanans, Alaskans and Native Americans Wait for Health Insurance HTML
Mark Trahant
Court Affirms Affordable Care Act Again; Good Time to Step Up Indian Country's Participation HTML
Mark Trahant
Tribal Sovereignty Remains Alaska's Unfinished Business HTML
Mark Trahant
Planting Ideas: Tribal Colleges Are Essential for Developing Reservation Economies HTML
Mark Trahant
State of Indian Nations: Unlocking Digital Tools in Indian Country to Build a New Economy HTML
Mark Trahant
Why 2016 Is the Ideal Election for a Native Presidential Candidate HTML
Mark Trahant
Canada's Aboriginal Day Has the Potential To Change the Conversation and the Government HTML
Mark Trahant

Research Notes

Food, Farming and Climate Change: It’s Bigger than Everything Else HTML
Ryan Zinn
Congressional Budget Plan Requires deep Cuts in Indian Programs HTML
Mark Trahant
Updates: Medicare Expansion in Alaska, Montana - and Oil Prices HTML
Mark Trahant
The Power of Native Voters... The Beginning of a Beautiful Trend HTML
Mark Trahant
The Mother of the Earth Returns to Toynek Native Village HTML
Mark Trahant
Wildlife Conservation Efforts Are Violating Tribal Peoples' Rights HTML
Stephen Corry
Report om 14th Session HTML
UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Morocco: Catalyzing Human Development through Cultural Preservation HTML
Yossef Ben-Meir
Development Visions from the Impoverished HTML
Yossef Ben-Meir
Building World Peace, Locally HTML
Yossef Ben-Meir
Engaging Young People on Democracy HTML
Yossef Ben-Meir

Media Notes

Media Notes (Summer 2015) HTML

Theses and Dissertations

Ph.D. Dissertations from Universities Around the World on Topics Relating to Indians in the Americas, Compiled from Dissertation Abstracts HTML

Indigenous Policy Plans For 2015-16 - We Invite Your Help And Input


Deadline for Submissions for the next Issue is November 8th



IPJ is seeking volunteers to join the Editorial Committee to collaborate with Leo Killsback, our a new Editor in coordinating the refereeing process for submitted articles, sending submissions round to advisory committee members for review, and making final decisions on articles based on reviewers' advice. If you are interested in on the Editorial Committee, please contact Leo Killsback,

IPJ INVITES VOLUNTEERS TO SERVE ON ITS ADVISORY COMMITTEE, REFEREEING  SUBMITTED ARTICLES. If you are interested in being a reviewer of submitted articles in the IPJ refereeing process, please contact Leo Killsback

Book Review Committee:

IPJ has established a book review committeePeople wishing to review books, often receiving a copy to review, and those wishing to have a book review should send a copy, to David Weiden, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Native American Studies, Metropolitan State University  of Denver, King Center 494, Campus Box 43, P.O. Box 173362, Denver, CO  80217-3362, 303-556-4914,

We wish you a fine summer. Indigenous Policy Journal is available on the web with e-mail notification of new issues at no charge. Indigenous Policy puts out two regular issues a year (Summer and Winter), and since summer 2006, what is now a fall issue serving as the Proceedings of the Western Social Science Association Meeting American Indian Studies Section. We are seeking additional editors, columnists and commentators for regular issues, and editors or editorial groups for special issues, and short articles for each issue. A new development is that, thanks to long time compilers Jonathon Erlen and Jay Toth, we now carry in each issue a regularly updated and searchable data base of Ph.D. Dissertations from Universities Around the World on Topics Relating to Indians in the Americas, compiled from Dissertation Abstracts, with recent dissertations also listed separately in each of our regular Summer and Winter issues.
As IPJ is a refereed journal, articles may be posted on a different schedule from the rest of the journal. New articles may go up either at the same time as regular issues, or be added to already posted issues, and may or may
not remain up when issues change, until replaced by new articles. Notices go out to our list serve when new issues are posted, and when new articles are posted. To be added to the list to receive e-mail notice of new postings of issues, and new postings of articles, send an e-mail to Steve Sachs:

Jeff Corntassel and colleagues put together a special winter 2002 issue with a focus on “federal recognition and Indian Sovereignty at the turn of the century.” We had a special issue on international Indigenous affairs summer
2004, on Anthropology, Archeology and Litigation – Alaska Style spring 2012, on Exploring the Governance Landscape of Indigenous Peoples and Water in Canada, Spring 2014, and are about to have additional special
issues.We invite articles, reports, announcements and reviews of meetings, and media, programs and events, and short reports of news, commentary and exchange of views, as well as willingness to put together special issues. 

Send us your thoughts and queries about issues and interests and replies can be printed in the next issue and/or made by e-mail. In addition, we will carry Indigenous Studies Network (ISN) news and business so that these pages can be a source of ISN communication and dialoguing in addition to circular letters and annual meetings at APSA. In addition to being the newsletter/journal of the Indigenous Studies Network, we collaborate with the Native American Studies Section of the Western Social Science Association (WSSA) and provide a dialoguing vehicle for all our readers. This is your publication. Please let us know if you would like to see more, additional, different, or less coverage of certain topics, or a different approach or format. 

IPJ is a refereed journal. Submissions of articles should go to Leo Killsback,, who will send them out for review. Our process is for non-article submissions to go to Steve Sachs, who drafts each regular issue. Unsigned items are by Steve. Other editors then make editing suggestions to Steve. Thomas Brasdefer posts this Journal on the IPJ web site:

Posted: 2015-07-06