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.

Table of Contents

Download the Full Issue

Download Full Issue (Summer 2021)

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events (Summer 2021)

Ongoing Activities

Ongoing Activities (Summer 2021)

Indigenous Developments

Indigenous Developments (Summer 2021)


Thirty by Thirty and Half Earth: Promises and Pitfalls
Howie Wolke
A Note on the How of achieving 30-30 and Half Earth
Stephen Sachs
Water Is Life. Can We Protect It?
Robin Broad, John Cavanagh
More Important Than Gold, Water Should Not Be Traded on Wall Street
Avexnim Cojti
Part of Nature, Co-existing and Sharing: Insights from Boabeng Fiema
Samuel Afutor
15 Calls to Action that Honor Indigenous Rights: An Open Letter to the Biden-Harris Administration
Cultural Survival
The Power of the White Man and his Symbols is Being Demystified
Irma Alicia Velasquez
Comments on a Legal Review of Canadian Parliament Bill C-15
Russell Diabo
A Review of All of the Relevant AFN Resolutions Regarding UNDRIP
Russell Diabo
Letter to PM and Press Release Opposing CANDRIP (Bill C-15)
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An Open Letter of Support to Indigenous Leader, Sonia Guajajara and Indigenous Peoples in Brazil
Cultural Survival

Research Notes

80 Ways Nuke Power Is a Catastrophic Failure
Harvey Wasserman
Part of Nature, Co-existing and Sharing: Insights from Boabeng Fiema
Samuel Afutor
Hank Adams: Indian Country’s Prolific Genius
Mark Trahant
In Memoriam: Indigenous Human Rights Defenders Murdered in 2020 in Latin America
Cultural Survival
Guatemala’s Land Defenders Are Still Their Own Best Defense
Ellen Moore, Jen Moore
Five years after the 'sowing' of Berta Caceres
Laura Carlsen
Community Organizing Leads to Success in Defending Land and Water in Puebla, Mexico
Bia’ni Madsa, Juárez López, Sócrates Vásquez
An Open Letter by Indigenous Peoples to Indigenous Peoples in Brazil on Surviving COVID-19
Cultural Survival
Myanmar’s Military Coup Poses Hardships for Indigenous Peoples
Dev Kumar Sunuwar
The Military Coup In Myanmar And Its Impact On Indigenous Peoples
Cultural Survival


Articles are posted on a different schedule than the regular issues. The latest articles (below) were posted Summer 2021. An archive of past issues can be found here.

Alice Kay Locklear
Cassandra R. Davis

Media Notes

Media Notes (Summer 2021)

Useful Websites

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,



The Indigenous Studies Network (ISN) at the American Political Science Association (APSA), launched IPJ and IPJ retains an association with ISN. ISN puts on sessions at APSA as a related group. The American Political Science Association recently made a change to their related groups membership. To remain a related group, ISN will need to have 35 members sign up and officially join in the next year.
APSA Members are now able to join Related Groups through the following link: Additionally, once logged in to their APSA account, members can join Related Groups through their user home profile, under APSA Resources. Individuals must have an active APSA membership to have access to join a Related Group. Members can find information on each Related Group here:


We wish you a fine New Year. 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. =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+