Unlikely Alliances
392 pages, 6 x 9
27 b&w illus., 11 maps
Release Date:19 May 2017

Unlikely Alliances

Native Nations and White Communities Join to Defend Rural Lands

University of Washington Press
As Native nations have asserted their treaty rights and sovereignty, they have confronted a “white backlash” from their neighbors fearful of losing control over the land and natural resources. Farmers, ranchers, and fishers have at times been in deep conflict with Native peoples over treaty resources such as fish and water. Yet faced with outside threats to their common environment, such as a mine, dam, bombing range, coal train, or oil pipeline, some communities have unexpectedly joined forces to protect the same resources they previously fought over. This suggests that a deep love of place can overcome the bitterest divides between Indigenous and non-Indigenous neighbours, however this can only come about though challenging white privilege and upholding tribal sovereignty.
Zoltan Grossman is a professor of geography and Native studies at The Evergreen State College. He was coeditor, along with Alan Parker, of Asserting Native Resilience: Pacific Rim Indigenous Nations Face the Climate Crisis.


Part One Running Upstream
1. Fish Wars and Co-Management: Western Washington
2. Water Wars and Breaching Dams: Northwest Plateau

Part Two Militarizing Lands and Skies
3. Military Projects and Environmental Racism: Nevada and Southern Wisconsin

Part Three Keeping It in the Ground
4. Resource Wars and Sharing Sacred Lands: Montana and South Dakota
5. Fossil Fuel Shipping and Blocking: Northern Plains and Pacific Northwest

Part Four Agreeing on the Water
6. Fishing and Exclusion: Northern Wisconsin
7. Mining and Inclusion: Northern Wisconsin


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