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Panhe at the Crossroads: Toward an Indigenized Environmental Justice Theory


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Panhe at the Crossroads: Toward an Indigenized Environmental Justice Theory

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dc.contributor.author Gilio, Dina
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-01T17:16:04Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-01T17:16:04Z
dc.date.issued 2012-02-01
dc.date.submitted December 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/17429
dc.description.abstract Through 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.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Environmental justice, Native American Studies en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Indians of North America--Land tenure--California--Case studies
dc.subject.lcsh Environmental justice--California--Case studies
dc.subject.lcsh Sacred space--California
dc.title Panhe at the Crossroads: Toward an Indigenized Environmental Justice Theory en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree American Studies en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of American Studies en_US
dc.description.advisor Goldstein, Alyosha
dc.description.committee-member Correia, David
dc.description.committee-member Lee, Lloyd

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