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dc.contributor.authorGilio, Dina
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-01T17:16:04Z
dc.date.available2012-02-01T17:16:04Z
dc.date.issued2012-02-01
dc.date.submittedDecember 2011
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1928/17429
dc.description.abstractThrough a case study of the protection of a Native American sacred site from the development of a road through it in southern California, this study argues that environmental justice (EJ) for Native peoples encompasses far more than the protection of marginalized people from disproportionate rates of detrimental health effects of industry. Mainstream environmental justice discourse is troubled when it centers indigenous peoples’ histories, differentiated political status, and epistemologies in EJ analytical frameworks. Viewing EJ through the lens of settler colonialism allows for an analysis that broadens the scope of what environmental justice means for indigenous peoples by examining the meaning they attach to place through their spiritual/ancestral relationship to it. The relentless desecration and loss of sacred sites highlights the inadequacy of the institutional tools of law to protect them in the context of a capitalist system that commodifies land and resources, and necessitates coalition building among diverse interests to accomplish common goals. The connection between people and land through the concept of radical relationality represents a decolonial framework that can transcend hierarchical power relationships in the interest of protecting dwindling natural landscapes for Native and non-Native people alike.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectEnvironmental justice, Native American Studiesen_US
dc.subject.lcshIndians of North America--Land tenure--California--Case studies
dc.subject.lcshEnvironmental justice--California--Case studies
dc.subject.lcshSacred space--California
dc.titlePanhe at the Crossroads: Toward an Indigenized Environmental Justice Theoryen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeAmerican Studiesen_US
dc.description.levelMastersen_US
dc.description.departmentUniversity of New Mexico. Dept. of American Studiesen_US
dc.description.advisorGoldstein, Alyosha
dc.description.committee-memberCorreia, David
dc.description.committee-memberLee, Lloyd


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