Crime and Social Justice in Indian Country
216 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Release Date:10 Apr 2018
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Crime and Social Justice in Indian Country

The University of Arizona Press
In Indigenous America, human rights and justice take on added significance. The special legal status of Native Americans and the highly complex jurisdictional issues resulting from colonial ideologies have become deeply embedded into federal law and policy. Nevertheless, Indigenous people in the United States are often invisible in discussions of criminal and social justice.
Crime and Social Justice in Indian Country calls to attention the need for culturally appropriate research protocols and critical discussions of social and criminal justice in Indian Country. The contributors come from the growing wave of Native American as well as non-Indigenous scholars who employ these methods. They reflect on issues in three key areas: crime, social justice, and community responses to crime and justice issues. Topics include stalking, involuntary sterilization of Indigenous women, border-town violence, Indian gaming, child welfare, and juvenile justice. These issues are all rooted in colonization; however, the contributors demonstrate how Indigenous communities are finding their own solutions for social justice, sovereignty, and self-determination.
Thanks to its focus on community responses that exemplify Indigenous resilience, persistence, and innovation, this volume will be valuable to those on the ground working with Indigenous communities in public and legal arenas, as well as scholars and students. Crime and Social Justice in Indian Country shows the way forward for meaningful inclusions of Indigenous peoples in their own justice initiatives.
RELATED TOPICS: Indigenous Studies
This enlightening collection of essays is a powerful call for more attention to American Indians neglected by the criminal justice system. This intrinsic book tells us that indigenous justice is not the same as white justice in America. Donald L. Fixico, Distinguished Foundation Professor of History, Arizona State University
A well-written, jargon-free book, featuring unusual and effective approaches to topics such as tribal sovereignty, and enhanced by the editors’ distinctive perspectives. Nicholas Peroff, Henry W. Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Marianne O. Nielsen is a professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University.

Karen Jarratt-Snider is an associate professor and the chair of the Department of Applied Indigenous Studies at Northern Arizona University.

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