Notes from the Center of Turtle Island (Contemporary Native American Communities)

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9780759120013: Notes from the Center of Turtle Island (Contemporary Native American Communities)

Duane Champagne has been presenting a series of comments on Indian policy, history, and culture since October 2006 in the newspaper Indian Country Today. This book provides a compilation of many of these editorials, plus two chapters not previously published. The contemplative writing by this well-respected scholar are comments and thoughts on a variety of issues that have arisen in his academic work and the classroom, but mainly through his direct contact and work with tribal communities. The purpose of these thought-provoking editorials is to create discussion about the issues that confront indigenous peoples and to educate a broad audience about the complexities of American Indian issues. Students, policy makers, and all people interested in American Indian or indigenous people's issues will find this book to be an interesting and stimulating read.

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Duane Champagne is professor in the department of sociology at UCLA.

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Duane Champagne has long been an exemplary intellectual leader: smart, thoughtful, rigorous, engaged at ground level, a realist with a powerful combination of understanding and passion. These qualities are amply apparent in this often provocative collection of commentaries. He has given us a guidebook for thinking about the challenges facing Native nations and both Native and non-Native policymakers today. (Stephen Cornell)

In his clear and lively prose, Duane Champagne explores the many layers of life in modern Indian country. Ever grounded in his deep and true understanding of tribal communities, he addresses key policy issues such as sovereignty and human rights as well as the day-to-day concerns and possibilities in the communities, all the while drawing seamlessly from history, spirituality, philosophy, law, and political science. This is the best book I know on the contemporary Native experience in America. (Charles Wilkinson, University of Colorado Law School; author, Blood Struggle: The Rise of Modern Indian Nations)

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