Indigenous Environmental Justice

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This volume clearly distinguishes Indigenous environmental justice (IEJ) from the broader idea of environmental justice (EJ) while offering detailed examples from recent history of environmental injustices that have occurred in Indian Country. With connections to traditional homelands being at the heart of Native identity, environmental justice is of heightened importance to Indigenous communities. Not only do irresponsible and exploitative environmental policies harm the physical and financial health of Indigenous communities, they also cause spiritual harm by destroying land held in a place of exceptional reverence for Indigenous peoples.

With focused essays on important topics such as the uranium mining on Navajo and Hopi lands, the Dakota Access Pipeline dispute on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, environmental cleanup efforts in Alaska, and many other pertinent examples, this volume offers a timely view of the environmental devastation that occurs in Indian Country. It also serves to emphasize the importance of self-determination and sovereignty in victories of Indigenous environmental justice.

The book explores the ongoing effects of colonization and emphasizes Native American tribes as governments rather than ethnic minorities. Combining elements of legal issues, human rights issues, and sovereignty issues, Indigenous Environmental Justice creates a clear example of community resilience in the face of corporate greed and state indifference.

“Indigenous Environmental Justice introduces the field of Indigenous environmental justice (IEJ) by explicitly explaining the distinctions between IEJ and EJ through a series of illustrative case studies. The authors’ attention to EJ issues as ‘where we live, work, go to school, play, and pray’ works to expand policy makers’ understanding of IEJ, acknowledges and celebrates Indigenous self-determination to combat corporate–state violations of environmental justice, and contributes to the collaborative development of more precise solutions and interventions that support decolonial, Indigenous environmental leadership.”—Beth Rose Middleton Manning, author of Upstream: Trust Lands and Power on the Feather River

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