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.


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 committee. People 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,

Indigenous Policy Plans For 2014-15 - We Invite Your Help And Input


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 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: 2015-01-07
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Vol 25, No 3 (2014): Winter 2015

Table of Contents

Download the Full Issue

IPJ Volume XXV, Issue 3 (Winter 2015) PDF

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events (Winter 2015) HTML

Ongoing Activities

Ongoing Events (Winter 2015) HTML

Indigenous Developments

Indigenous Developments (Winter 2015) HTML


We Need International Pressure On Climate Change HTML
Stephen M. Sachs
Election: Yes It's an Imperfect System But The Native Vote is Worth Counting HTML
Mark Trahant
A Third International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples HTML
UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Affairs
No Interoceanic Canal Group Letter Opposing the Interoceanic Canal Across Nicaragua HTML
No Interoceanic Canal Group
Canada Uses World Conference To Continue Indefensible Attack on UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples HTML
Ad Hoc Coalition on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Research Notes

The Deep South Up North: The Struggle for American Indian Voting Rights in South Dakota HTML
Drew Gibson
Election: Indian Country's Long Fight Over Who Gets The Right to Vote HTML
Mark Trahant
This Election the People are Singing HTML
Mark Trahant
Election: Making Sure Every Native Voter has the Opportunity to Cast Their Ballot HTML
Mark Trahant
Exploring Tribal Sovereignty Through Native Case Studies HTML
Barbara Leigh Smith, Linda Moon Stumpff
New Governor Works With Citizens, Tribes to "Create a Vision for Alaska" HTML
Mark Trahant
This Election is Historic. Welcome to the 21st Century, Alaska HTML
Mark Trahant
Behind the Screen: Nuts, Bolts and Billions of MedicAID dollars that Could Improve Health Care HTML
Mark Trahant
A Call to Reform the Indian Health Service HTML
Mark Trahant
Joblessness Continues to Plague Indian Country HTML
Norm DeWeaver
21st Century Descendants of Imperialism HTML
Harry Targ
Blowback on the Border: Decades of Short-Sighted, Inhumane U.S. Policy Have Brought a Child Refugee Crisis to America's Door HTML
Laura Carlsen
"World Bank Makes Killing Indigenous Peoples More Profitable: The World Bank’s Environmental and Social Framework draft neglects mention of Indigenous rights HTML
First Peoples Worldwide


Aboriginal Antecedents and Contemporary Practices of Restorative Justice: Canada and United States Comparisons. PDF
Larry French
Indigenous-Settler Incarceration Disparities in Canada: How Tribal Justice Programming Helps Urban Indigenous Youth PDF
John Hansen
‘Kaaj’: Understanding women’s work, development and local knowledge in rural Bangladesh PDF
Ishrat Jahan
Public Policy and Rural Mapuche Livelihoods in Chile: Recognition, integration or subordination? PDF
Elvis Parraguez, Johnathan Barton

Book Reviews

Review of Albert White Hat Sr.'s Life's Journey - Zuya: Oral Teachings From Rosebud HTML
Stephen Sachs

Media Notes

Media Notes (Winter 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