Indigenous Policy Journal

Indigenous Policy Journal (IPJ) publishes articles, commentary, reviews, news, and announcements concerning Native American and international Indigenous affairs, issues, events, nations, groups and media. We invite commentary and dialogue in and between issues: if you are interested in contributing to the journal, please take the time to create a user account on our website and see our Submission Guidelines.

Articles: As IPJ is now a refereed journal, articles may be posted on a different schedule from the rest of the journal. We will send out an e-mail announcement when the next set of articles are posted, and can be downloaded as a pdf file. Current articles are available with list in the journal archive.

Statement of Purpose

Indigenous Policy Journal Standards and Philosophy of Publication of Scholarly Articles

In its publication of double-blind, peer-reviewed scholarly articles, the Indigenous Policy Journal aspires the highest standards of scholarly edification and discourse on policy issues facing Indigenous peoples. In doing so, the IPJ is informed by the important national and international policy goals of self-determination and continuance of cultural values of indigenous people. We advise those submitting their articles to be aware of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which provides useful guidelines for scholarly inquiry and study of practically any policy issue that contributes to the continuance of indigenous peoples.

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Indigenous Developments

Indigenous Developments (Winter 2022)


Greed and Consumption: Why the World is Burning
Ramzy Baroud
California Oil Spill Exposes Newsom-Biden Failures on Drilling
Joe Sanberg
Why we Urgently Need a Civilian Climate Corps Like the Depression-Era Civilian Conservation Corps, a 21st Century CCC Could Create Millions of Jobs While Repairing our Environment.
Isabella Devaan
G20 Summit Deemed "Abysmal and Total Failure" on Vaccine Equity, Climate Action
Jake Johnson
The United States Must Rejoin the Global Biodiversity Conservation Community
Subhankar Banerjee
Turning Away from Fossil Fuels: Lessons from the Anti-Apartheid Movement
Donna Katzin
European Green Deal: Step Forward, Backward, or Sideways?
John Feffer
The Climate Crisis and Korea
John Feffer
Chinese Fossil Fuel Investments in Africa
John Feffer
Bill Gates Should Know Better: How the Israeli Occupation Ravages the Environment in Palestine
Ramzy Baroud
Food Sovereignty: A Manifesto for the Future of our Planet
La Via Campesina
Trudeau-Wernick National Termination AKA Reconciliation Plan
Russel Diabo

Research Notes

Indigenous Movements are Key to the Fight Against Fossil Fuels
William Minter
Indigenous Peoples Like Mine are Fighting for our Homelands
Miriam Miranda
Climate Change and the Limits of Economic Growth
John Feffer
Missing from the Climate Talks: Corporate Powers to Sue Governments That Limit Pollution
Manuel Perez-Rocha
Indigenous Women and the Climate Crisis
Bryan Bixcul, Adriana Hernández
Scraping the Bottom of the Sea
Alec Dubro
Forced Migration and Pollution, Two Great Consequences of Water Scarcity
Teresita Orozco
As Climate Change Parches the Southwest, Here's a Better Way to Share Water from the Shrinking Colorado River
Daniel Craig McCool
Indigenous Peoples’ Leadership and Free, Prior and Informed Consent are Fundamental to 30X30 Initiative
Cultural Survival
ICT at 40: "We Reported Like Indians, from the Ground Up"
Mark Trahant
Decolonizing Journalism from an Indigenous Perspective
Nati Garcia
The Yaqui Tribe: An Indigenous Nation in Resistance
Guadalupe Pastrana
Special Coverage: Summary of Co-Chairs’ Conclusions Conflict and Demography in Africa Conference
Patrick Smith, Comfort Ero, Nicholas Westcott
On the Move: Displaced Indigenous Peoples and Refugees from Central America Seek a Better Life
Avexnim Cojti


Articles are posted on a different schedule from the rest of the journal. The latest articles were posted Winter 2021, with current and past issues available in the archive.

Alice Kay Locklear
Cassandra R. Davis

Media Notes

Media Notes (Winter 2022)
Useful Websites (Summer 2021)

Theses and Dissertations

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


Advisory Council

Our thanks to all the members of the advisory council who review article submissions: David Armstrong, Phil Bellfy, JoLee Blackbear, Bennis Blue, Stephen Brandon, Patricia Campbell, Ward Churchill, Shane Day, Larry French, Susan Gorgan, Burke Hendrix, Thomas Hoffman, Sheree Hukill, Lilias Jarding, Ezra Rosser, Mickey Poslun, and Stefanie Wickstrom.


IPJ INVITES VOLUNTEERS TO SERVE ON ITS ADVISORY COUNCIL, REFEREEING SUBMITTED ARTICLES. If you are interested in being a reviewer of submitted articles in the IPJ refereeing process, please contact Leo Killsback,

Book Review Committee:

IPJ has a book review committee. People wishing to review books, often receiving a copy to review, and those wishing to have a book review should send a copy, to David Weiden, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Native American Studies, Metropolitan State University of Denver, King Center 494, Campus Box 43, P.O. Box 173362, Denver, CO 80217-3362, 303-556-4914,



We wish you a fine Winter. Indigenous Policy journal is available on the web with email notification of new issues at no charge. Indigenous Policy puts out two regular issues a year (Summer and Winter), and since summer 2006, what is now a fall issue serving as the Proceedings of the Western Social Science Association Meeting American Indian Studies Section. 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. A new development is that, thanks to long time compilers Jonathon Erlen and Jay Toth, we are developing 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 from Dissertation Abstracts, with recent dissertations also listed separately in each of our regular Summer and Winter issues. IPJ is on facebook, 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 have 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. 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 should go to Editor: Leo Killsback, American Indian Studies, Montana State University,, who will send them out for review. Our process is for non-article submissions to go to Steve Sachs, who drafts 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: .


We most welcome submissions of articles, commentary, news, media notes and announcements in some way relating to American Indian or international Indigenous policy issues, broadly defined. Please send article submissions through the website, or electronically attached to e-mail to Leo Killsback, who will send them out for review. All non-article submissions (including Research Notes, which usually are non refereed articles) go via email to Steve Sachs: , or on disk, at: 1916 San Pedro, NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87110. If you send writings in Word format, we know we can work with them. We can translate some, but not all other formats into word. If you have notes in your submission, please put them in manually, as end notes as part of the text. Do not use an automated 5 footnote/end note system that numbers the notes as you go and put them in a footer such automated notes are often lost, and if not, may appear elsewhere in the journal, and not in your article, as several writings are posted together in the same file. If you use any tables in a submission, please send a separate file(s) for them, as it is impossible to work with them to put on the web when they are an integral part of a Word text. Some other format/style things are helpful to us, and appreciated, but not an absolute requirement. As we publish in 12 point Times font, with single spacing, and a space between paragraphs, it saves us work if we receive writings that way. Many thanks. We look forward to seeing what you send us. =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+