National Parks, Native Sovereignty: Experiments in Collaboration Volume 7 (Public Lands History #7) (Paperback)

National Parks, Native Sovereignty: Experiments in Collaboration Volume 7 (Public Lands History #7) By Christina Gish Hill (Editor), Matthew J. Hill (Editor), Brooke Neely (Editor) Cover Image

National Parks, Native Sovereignty: Experiments in Collaboration Volume 7 (Public Lands History #7) (Paperback)

By Christina Gish Hill (Editor), Matthew J. Hill (Editor), Brooke Neely (Editor)

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The history of national parks in the United States mirrors the fraught relations between the Department of the Interior and the nation's Indigenous peoples. But amidst the challenges are examples of success. National Parks, Native Sovereignty proposes a reorientation of relationships between tribal nations and national parks, placing Indigenous peoples as co-stewards through strategic collaboration. More than simple consultation, strategic collaboration, as the authors define it, involves the complex process by which participants come together to find ways to engage with one another across sometimes-conflicting interests.

In case studies and interviews focusing on a wide range of National Park Service sites, the authors and editors of this volume--scholars as well as National Park Service staff and tribal historic preservation officers--explore pathways for collaboration that uphold tribal sovereignty. These efforts serve to better educate the general public about Native peoples; consider new ways of understanding and interpreting the peoples (Native and non-Native) connected to national park lands; and recognize alternative ways of knowing and using park lands based on Native peoples' expertise.

National Parks, Native Sovereignty emphasizes emotional commitment, mutual respect, and patience, rather than focusing on "land-back" solutions, in the cocreation of a socially sensible public lands policy. Ultimately it succeeds in promoting the theme of strategic collaboration, highlighting how Indigenous peoples assert agency and sovereignty in reconnecting with significant landscapes, and how non-Native scholars and park staff can incrementally assist Native partners in this process.

Product Details ISBN: 9780806193687
ISBN-10: 0806193689
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Publication Date: March 12th, 2024
Pages: 290
Language: English
Series: Public Lands History