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.



Deadline for Submissions for the next Issue is May 8th


We wish you a fine New Year. 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 are developing 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 Tad Conner,, 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: 2013-04-07
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Vol 24, No 3 (2013): Winter

Table of Contents

Download the Full Issue

IPJ Volume XXIV, Issue 3 (Winter 2014) PDF

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events (Winter 2014) HTML

Ongoing Activities

Ongoing Activities (Winter 2014) HTML

Indigenous Developments

Indian and Indigenous Developments (Winter 2014) HTML


A Treaty Promise ... That Cannot Be Kept HTML
Mark Trahant
Yeah, The Government Is Open. How Come The News Ahead Is Worse? HTML
Mark Trahant
Alaska's Busy Week: Demonstrating Its Contempt For Alaska Natives HTML
Mark Trahant
Voting in the name of ... HTML
Mark Trahant
Does The White House Council On Native American Affairs Need To Be A Little More Indian? HTML
First Peoples Worlwide
Navajo Governance in the 21st Century: How Can Diné People Rebuild Their Government? HTML
Lloyd L. Lee
Lima Declaration Of The World Conference Of Indigenous Women HTML
World Conference Of Indigenous Women
Letter of the Lorretto Community to Pope Francis on Rescinding the Doctrine of Discovery PDF
Loretto Catholic Community
Letter of Pax Christi International to Pope Francis on Rescinding the Doctrine of Discovery HTML
Pax Christi International

Research Notes

Duck Down and Thermostats in an Interconnected World HTML
Moki Kokoris
Polar Bear Hunting Viewed Through Indigenous Crosshairs HTML
Moki Kokoris


Buckets of Fun!: Empowering low-income urban Native American youth to make nutritional changes through container gardening PDF
Michele Companion
Learning from the Past? Some Early Attempts at Protecting Indigenous Intangible Heritage in Australia PDF
Michael Davis
Aboriginal Antecedents and Contemporary Practices of Restorative Justice: Canada and United States Comparisons PDF
Larry French

Book Reviews

Review: The New Buffalo: The Struggle for Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education in Canada, by Blair Stonechild HTML
John W. Friesen
Review of The Poetics of Land & Identity Among British Columbia Indigenous Peoples, by Christine J. Elsey HTML
John W. Friesen
Review of Gun Machine by Warren Ellis HTML
Thomas Brasdefer

Media Notes

Media Notes (Winter 2014) HTML

Useful Websites

Useful Websites (Winter 2014) HTML

ISSN: 2158-4168