Toward Sustainable Self-Determination: Rethinking the Contemporary Indigenous-Rights Discourse

  title={Toward Sustainable Self-Determination: Rethinking the Contemporary Indigenous-Rights Discourse},
  author={Jeff J. Corntassel},
  journal={Alternatives: Global, Local, Political},
  pages={105 - 132}
  • J. Corntassel
  • Published 1 January 2008
  • Political Science
  • Alternatives: Global, Local, Political
More than eighty years since Chief Deskaheh petitioned the League of Nations for Haudenosaunee self-determination, it is becoming clearer that the existing rights discourse can take indigenous peoples only so far. States and global/regional forums have framed self-determination rights that deemphasize the responsibilities and relationships that indigenous peoples have with their families and the natural world (homelands, plant life, animal life, etc.) that are critical for the health and well… 

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