Peace, Power, Righteousness An Indigenous Manifesto

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-05-15
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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This visionary manifesto, first published in 1999, has significantly improved our understanding of First Nations' issues. Taiaiake Alfred calls for the indigenous peoples of North America to move beyond their 500-year history of pain, loss, and colonization, and move forward to the reality ofself-determination. A leading Kanien'kehaka scholar and activist with intimate knowledge of both Native and Western traditions of thought, Alfred is uniquely placed to write this inspiring book. His account of the history and future of the indigenous peoples of North America is at once a bold andforceful critique of Indigenous leaders and politics, and a sensitive reflection on the traumas of colonization that shape our existence. This new edition of Alfred's important manifesto is thoroughly updated in the context of current issues related to government policy and First Nations politics today. In addition to new examples of indigenous-state relations, it includes the latest court cases and updated evaluations of keynegotiations over land and self-government. A new preface incorporates an original, previously unpublished dialogue with the influential Dakota author, historian, and activist Vine Deloria Jr, recorded shortly before his death in 2005.

Author Biography

Taiaiake Alfred is a Kahnawake Mohawk educator, author, and activist. He has long been involved in the public life of his own and other indigenous nations. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University and is the founding Director of the University of Victoria's School of Indigenous Governance. His awards include the Native American Journalists Association award for column writing, a Canada Research Chair, and a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the field of education. Taiaiake has written two other books, Heeding the Voices of Our Ancestors: Kahnawake Mohawk Politics and the Rise of Native Nationalism (1995), also from Oxford University Press, and Wasase: Indigenous Pathways of Action and Freedom (2005), from Broadview Press. He lives in the territory of the Saanich Nation with his wife and sons.

Table of Contents

Thanksgivingp. 1
Preface to the Second Editionp. 3
First Wordsp. 8
A Note on Terminologyp. 23
Peacep. 25
Native American Political Traditionsp. 25
Native Political Elitesp. 54
Powerp. 65
The Abuse of Powerp. 68
Re-empowermentp. 70
Sovereingnty: An Inappropriate Conceptp. 79
Colonial Mentalitiesp. 94
Co-optationp. 97
Self-Conscious Traditionalismp. 104
Leadershipp. 113
Responsibilityp. 115
Righteousnessp. 121
Moneyp. 138
Modern Treaties: A Path to Assimilation?p. 144
For the Youth: Toward a New Native Leadershipp. 154
Notesp. 182
Bibliographyp. 190
Indexp. 198
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