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Sovereignty For SurvivalAmerican Energy Development and Indian Self-Determination$
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James Robert Allison III

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300206692

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300206692.001.0001

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“The Best Situation in Their History”

“The Best Situation in Their History”

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Sovereignty For Survival

James Robert Allison

Yale University Press

This final chapter in the first section returns to the Northern Cheyenne Reservation to demonstrate the tribe’s continued pursuit of large and lucrative coal deals throughout the 1960s. It reveals that tribal leaders were not simply passive witnesses to the construction of energy deals but increasingly sophisticated and active participants. Yet, although Cheyenne leaders may have increased their expertise to secure better deals – culminating with Consolidation Coal’s massive proposal described in the Prologue – their focus remained on maximizing financial return. This blinded leaders to their constituents’ concerns that large-scale mining could harm the reservation’s environment and disrupt customs and norms sustaining their indigenous community.

Keywords:   Northern Cheyenne tribe, John Woodenlegs, Allen Rowland

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