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.

Articles: As 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.

Statement of Purpose

Indigenous Policy Journal Standards and Philosophy of Publication of Scholarly Articles

In its publication of double-blind, peer-reviewed scholarly articles, the Indigenous Policy Journal aspires the highest standards of scholarly edification and discourse on policy issues facing Indigenous peoples. In doing so, the IPJ is informed by the important national and international policy goals of self-determination and continuance of cultural values of indigenous people. We advise those submitting their articles to be aware of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which provides useful guidelines for scholarly inquiry and study of practically any policy issue that contributes to the continuance of indigenous peoples.

Vol 28, No 3 (2018)


Table of Contents

Download the Full Issue

Download the Full Issue (Winter 2018)

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events (Winter 2018)

Ongoing Activities

Ongoing Activities (Winter 2018)

Indigenous Developments

Indigenous Developments (Winter 2018)


Important Message from the Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe
Chief Arvol Looking Horse
Business as Usual: Minnesota Governor Set to Pick US Senator: #Nativevote18
Mark Trahant
Updated #Nativevote18 Map for Native Americans Candidates Running for Congress, Governor, Lt. Governor
Mark Trahant
Paulette Jordan: What Are You Going to Do to Improve the World? Run for Governor
Mark Trahant
Three Lessons from Last Week's Elections, Time to Add Names, Ideas #Nativevote18
Mark Trahant
Press Performance: Reporting Trump, Native Code Talkers, and Viral Outrage
Mark Trahant

Research Notes

Bill McKibben: Winning Slowly Is the Same as Losing
Bill McKibben
The Brutal Racial Politics of Climate Change and Pollution: Trump administration policies are systematically making natural disasters more harmful for the poor and people of color
Basav Sen
Hegemony Is a Fine Word to Describe the Trump Era: Goal Is to Ransack the Earth
Mark Trahant
We Lost All that Money Can Buy; Indigenous Territory Takes Direct Hit from the Storm
Mark Trahant
Environmental Disaster and Resilience: The Marshall Islands Experience Continues To Unfold
Barbara Rose Johnson & Brooke Takala
Social and cultural impacts of the 2013 Bow River flood at Siksika Nation, Alberta, Canada
Robert (Bob) Patrick
Tax Cuts? Hell. No. Thousands of American Indian and Alaska Native Children Will Lose Health Insurance
Mark Trahant
Seriously? States Complain to Senate about the Burden of Native Health Care #Indigenousnewswire
Mark Trahant
Here We Go Again: The Congressional Attack on Health Care, Higher Education #Indigenousnewswire
Mark Trahant
This Is a First: The Legislation Would Fully-Fund Indian Health System, Raise Billions
Mark Trahant
Obesity in Indian Country Is Mostly the Same: That's Why Incremental Progress
Mark Trahant
What Matters? Fight Cut Is About Seven Competing Values
Mark Trahant
The Story Is Not Over: When the Native Press Is Strong... So Is Indian Country
Mark Trahant
As South Sudan Disintegrates, People Move
Rene Wadlow
Concluding observations on the combined twenty-first to twenty-third periodic reports of Canada
Committee for the Elimination of Racism
Shadow Report Submission Indigenous Women’s Rights in Argentina
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racism against Women


Gabriele Abbondanza
Kevin Snow
Robert A. Bell
Nicole Ineese-Nash, Yvonne Bomberry, Kathryn Underwood, Arlene Hache
Gyanesh Lama

Book Reviews

Review of David Grann "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI"
Stephen Sachs
Review of Will Taegel "Walking with Bears: On Bridges to Earth's New Era"
Stephen Sachs

Media Notes

Media Notes (Winter 2018)

Theses and Dissertations

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


Advisory Council

Our thanks to all the members of the advisory council who review article submissions: David Armstrong, Phil Bellfy, JoLee Blackbear, Bennis Blue, Stephen Brandon, Patricia Campbell, Ward Churchill, Shane Day, Larry French, Susan Gorgan, Burke Hendrix, Thomas Hoffman, Sheree Hukill, Lilias Jarding, Ezra Rosser, Mickey Poslun, and Stefanie Wickstrom.


IPJ is seeking volunteers to join the Editorial Committee to collaborate with Eileen Luna-Firebaugh and Anne Luna-Gordinier, our new Editors 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 Rick Wheelock, until April 2018. After April 2018 contact incoming Co-Editors: Eileen Luna-Firebaugh,, or Anne Luna-Gordinier, Assistant Professor, California State University, Sacramento, (916)278-7961,

IPJ INVITES VOLUNTEERS TO SERVE ON ITS ADVISORY COUNCIL, REFEREEING SUBMITTED ARTICLES. If you are interested in being a reviewer of submitted articles in the IPJ refereeing process, please contact Eileen Luna-Firebaugh, or Anne Luna-Gordinier,

Book Review Committee:

IPJ has 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,



We wish you a fine New Year. Indigenous Policy journal is available on the web with email 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 through the website, or alternatively to Eileen Luna-Firebaugh AND Anne Luna-Gordinier, 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:


We most welcome submissions of articles, commentary, news, media notes and announcements in some way relating to American Indian or international Indigenous policy issues, broadly defined. Please send article submissions through the website, or electronically attached to e-mail to Eileen Luna-Firebaugh, and Anne Luna-Gordinier,
, who will send them out for review. All non-article submissions (including Research Notes, which usually are non refereed articles) go via email to Steve Sachs: , or on disk, at: 1916 San Pedro, NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87110. If you send writings in Word format, we know we can work with them. We can translate some, but not all other formats into word. If you have notes in your submission, please put them in manually, as end notes as part of the text. Do not use an automated 5 footnote/end note system that numbers the notes as you go and put them in a footer such automated notes are often lost, and if not, may appear elsewhere in the journal, and not in your article, as several writings are posted together in the same file. If you use any tables in a submission, please send a separate file(s) for them, as it is impossible to work with them to put on the web when they are an integral part of a Word text. Some other format/style things are helpful to us, and appreciated, but not an absolute requirement. As we publish in 12 point Times font, with single spacing, and a space between paragraphs, it saves us work if we receive writings that way. Many thanks. We look forward to seeing what you send us. =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+