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Vol. 34 No. 2 (2024): Winter 2024



We wish you a fine winter and spring. Indigenous Policy journal is in transition having recently become a publication of the World Social Sciences Association (WSSA), with a home in its American Indian and Indigenous Studies Section. We continue to network with the Indigenous Studies Network (ISN) - where we originated - and other organizations and groups. The transition, including considering a number of change in journal operation, has caused our article referring process to barely function, but we anticipate that it will be fully operational again, shortly.

This will be my last issue. It has been a pleasure editing it since I first turned the ISN newsletter into this journal more than 20 years ago. As I am now 85 with less energy and more responsibilities at home it is time to pass on all the editing to our new editors. I have carried the entire issue of late as they have been busy with the transition which I hope they can complete shortly. Of necessity this issue is shorter than usual, but I believe still contains a great deal of useful information, research and views. In some cases where I have not had time to add that all that I usually put in I have provided links for that information or writings. May your days ahead be very fine. - Steve Sachs

Published: 2024-03-15

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Ph.D. Dissertations from Universities Around the World on Topics Relating to Indians in the Americas, Compiled from Dissertation Abstracts 

Jonathon Erlen, Ph.D., History of Medicine Librarian, Health Sciences Library System

University of Pittsburgh,


Jay Toth, M.A., Professor of Anthropology, SUNY Freedonia,

IPJ hosts a regularly updated data base of American Indian related Ph.D. from 2006 – the present. The dissertation coverage includes all languages and is international in scope as far as Dissertation Abstracts covers.  This includes most European universities, South African universities, and a few in the Far East.  They do not cover all the universities in the world, but do a pretty good job covering first world universities.  There is no coverage of Latin American universities' dissertations. The data base is updated in each Winter and Summer issue of IPJ, and sometimes between issues. Since ProQuest, the provider of the lists of dissertations from which Jonathan and Jay find Indigenous dissertations, no longer goes by months/years there will be titles from various years added in the updates.

Dissertation abstracts Data Base 2006 – the present:

            IPJ is available on the web with e-mail notification of new issues at no charge. Indigenous Policy puts out two regular issues a year (Summer and Winter), and since summer 2006 we have published occasional special issues. We are seeking additional editors, columnists and commentators for regular issues, and editors or editorial groups for special issues, and short articles for each issue. We have via our web site, a regularly updated and searchable data base of Ph.D. Dissertations from Universities Around the World on Topics Relating to Indians in the Americas, compiled by Jonathon Erlen and Jay Toth from Dissertation Abstracts, with recent dissertations also listed separately in each of our regular Summer and Winter issues. IPJ is on face-Book, including some important updates since the last issue, at:

            As IPJ is a refereed journal, articles may be posted on a different schedule from the rest of the journal. New articles may go up either at the same time as regular issues, or be added to already posted issues, and may or may not remain up when issues change, until replaced by new articles. Notices go out to our list serve when new issues are posted, and when new articles are posted. To be added to the list to receive e-mail notice of new postings of issues, and new postings of articles, send an e-mail to Steve Sachs:

            IPJ has been publishing special issues from time to time since winter 2002 and will continue to do so. These are usually on specific issues. In addition, the Fall issues of IPJ has been devoted to carrying the Proceedings of the American Indian Studies Section of the Western Social Science Association Meeting held the preceding April, but with the entire WSSA meeting on the web this year, it is unnecessary to do so. We invite articles, reports, announcements and reviews of meetings, and media, programs and events, and short reports of news, commentary and exchange of views, as well as willingness to put together special issues.

            Send us your thoughts and queries about issues and interests and replies can be printed in the next issue and/or made by e-mail. In addition, we will carry Indigenous Studies Network (ISN) news and business so that these pages can be a source of ISN communication and dialoguing in addition to circular letters and annual meetings at APSA, as IPJ was launched as Nan ISN publication and still networks with ISN. After being independent, IPJ became a WSSA publication in 2022 and caries WSSA American Indian Studies section information.. In addition to being the newsletter/journal of the Indigenous Studies Network, we collaborate with the Native American Studies Section of the Western Social Science Association (WSSA) and provide a dialoguing vehicle for all our readers. This is your publication. Please let us know if you would like to see more, additional, different, or less coverage of certain topics, or a different approach or format.

            IPJ is a refereed journal. Submissions of articles are best made by going to the journal website. Please register an account with the journal prior to submitting, and begin the five-step process of submitting. One can also submit and obtain information from the Co-Editors: Mary Jo Tippeconnic Fox:, Karen Jarratt-Snider, or Aresta Tsosie-Paddock:, who will send them out for review. Our process is for non-article submissions also go to go to the Co-Editors, who draft each regular issue. Unsigned items are by Steve. Other editors then make editing suggestions to Steve. Thomas Brasdefer posts this Journal on the IPJ web site.