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Trust in the Land: New Directions in Tribal Conservation (First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies)by Beth Rose Middleton
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“The Earth says, God has placed me here. The Earth says that God tells me to take care of the Indians on this earth; the Earth says to the Indians that stop on the Earth, feed them right. . . . God says feed the Indians upon the earth.”
—Cayuse Chief Young Chief, Walla Walla Council of 1855
America has always been Indian land. Historically and culturally, Native Americans have had a strong appreciation for the land and what it offers. After continually struggling to hold on to their land and losing millions of acres, Native Americans still have a strong and ongoing relationship to their homelands. The land holds spiritual value and offers a way of life through fishing, farming, and hunting. It remains essential—not only for subsistence but also for cultural continuity—that Native Americans regain rights to land they were promised.
Beth Rose Middleton examines new and innovative ideas concerning Native land conservancies, providing advice on land trusts, collaborations, and conservation groups. Increasingly, tribes are working to protect their access to culturally important lands by collaborating with Native and non- Native conservation movements. By using private conservation partnerships to reacquire lost land, tribes can ensure the health and sustainability of vital natural resources. In particular, tribal governments are using conservation easements and land trusts to reclaim rights to lost acreage. Through the use of these and other private conservation tools, tribes are able to protect or in some cases buy back the land that was never sold but rather was taken from them.
Trust in the Land sets into motion a new wave of ideas concerning land conservation. This informative book will appeal to Native and non-Native individuals and organizations interested in protecting the land as well as environmentalists and government agencies.
Book News Annotation:
Middleton presents cases of Native American tribes using land trusts to protect territory that is culturally significant to them. Covering Native American land conservation organizations, collaborations between tribes and land trusts, and tribes and the National Resources Conservation Services conservation tools, she discusses such examples as the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council in California, the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Michigan, the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust and Nushagak-Mulchatna Wood-Tikchik Land Trust in Alaska, and land purchases and fee-to-trust considerations for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Beth Rose Middleton has published articles in Economic Development Quarterly, the Journal of Political Ecology, Ethnohistory, and News from Native California. She is an assistant professor at the University of California, Davis, in the Department of Native American Studies, where she has developed courses on Native public health, Native environmental policy, and federal Indian law.
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