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Sovereignty For Survival – American Energy Development and Indian Self-Determination - Yale Scholarship Online
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Sovereignty For Survival: American Energy Development and Indian Self-Determination

James Robert Allison III


This book shows how American Indians fulfilled the promise of Indian self-determination by reclaiming control over reservation resources. During America’s 1970s quest for energy independence, tribes possessing valuable minerals resisted massive mining projects threatening their indigenous communities. They also launched a national campaign to improve their tribal governments’ capacity to manage reservation land. Working with federal agencies tasked with increasing domestic energy production, these groups created the Council of Energy Resource Tribes to educate tribal leaders and broker deals t ... More

Keywords: tribal sovereignty, Indian energy development, Indian self-determination, Council of Energy Resource Tribes, Native American Rights Fund, Northern Cheyenne tribe, Crow tribe, Navajo tribe, Indian Mineral Leasing Act (1938), Indian Mineral Development Act (1982)

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300206692
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300206692.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Robert Allison III, author
Christopher Newport University

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