Defending Mother Earth: Native American Perspectives on Environmental Justice

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Defending Mother Earth brings together important Native voices to address urgent issues of environmental devastation as they affect the indigenous peoples throughout the Americas. The essays document a range of ecological disasters, including the devastating effects of mining, water pollution, nuclear power facilities, and toxic waste dumps. In an expression of "environmental racism," such hazards are commonly located on or near Indian lands. Many of the authors included in Defending Mother Earth are engaged in ...
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Overview

Defending Mother Earth brings together important Native voices to address urgent issues of environmental devastation as they affect the indigenous peoples throughout the Americas. The essays document a range of ecological disasters, including the devastating effects of mining, water pollution, nuclear power facilities, and toxic waste dumps. In an expression of "environmental racism," such hazards are commonly located on or near Indian lands. Many of the authors included in Defending Mother Earth are engaged in struggles to resist these dangers. As their essays consistently demonstrate, these struggles are intimately tied to the assertion of Indian sovereignty and the affirmation of Native culture: the Earth is, indeed, Mother to these nations. In his concluding theological reflection, George Tinker argues that the affirmation of Indian spiritual values, especially the attitude toward the Earth, may hold out a key to the survival of the planet and all its peoples.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This anthology of 11 essays is the result of an unusual conference of Native North American environmental activists held at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver in March 1995. It stands in stark contrast to other such collections, because it includes among its writers none of the more well-known non-Native American environmentalists. As such, it provides an enormously fascinating examination of the present environmental crisis from both academic and administrative perspectives from within the Native American community. Introduced by Russell Means, co-founder of the American Indian Movement, and edited by attorney Jace Weaver, this collection includes contributions from Margaret Sam-Cromarty, who fought the disastrous James Bay project in Canada; Phyllis Young, who fought the ESTI Coal Slurry Pipeline; and, Justine Smith, who opposes Exxon's massive Mole Lake project in Wisconsin. These authors write not only with passion but also with scholarly acumen and logic. This is an important and eloquent work that few books on ecology can match. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570750960
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Series: Ecology and Justice Series
  • Pages: 205
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction: Notes from a Miner's Canary 1
1 The Struggle for Our Homes: Indian and White Values and Tribal Lands 29
2 Our Homes Are Not Dumps: Creating Nuclear-Free Zones 47
3 Custer Rides Again - This Time on the Exxon Valdez: Mining Issues in Wisconsin 59
4 A Legacy of Maldevelopment: Environmental Devastation in the Arctic 72
5 Beyond the Water Line 85
6 Family Closeness: Will James Bay Be Only a Memory for My Grandchildren? 99
7 Triangulated Power and the Environment: Tribes, the Federal Government, and the States 107
8 Malthusian Orthodoxy and the Myth of ZPG: Population Control as Racism 122
9 TEK Wars: First Nations' Struggles for Environmental Planning 144
10 An American Indian Theological Response to Ecojustice 153
Afterword: Where Do We Go from Here? 177
Resources 193
Participants: North American Native Workshop on Environmental Justice 198
Index 201
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