Defending Mother Earth: Native American Perspectives on Environmental Justice

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 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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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

Introduction: Notes from a Miner's Canary1
1The Struggle for Our Homes: Indian and White Values and Tribal Lands29
2Our Homes Are Not Dumps: Creating Nuclear-Free Zones47
3Custer Rides Again - This Time on the Exxon Valdez: Mining Issues in Wisconsin59
4A Legacy of Maldevelopment: Environmental Devastation in the Arctic72
5Beyond the Water Line85
6Family Closeness: Will James Bay Be Only a Memory for My Grandchildren?99
7Triangulated Power and the Environment: Tribes, the Federal Government, and the States107
8Malthusian Orthodoxy and the Myth of ZPG: Population Control as Racism122
9TEK Wars: First Nations' Struggles for Environmental Planning144
10An American Indian Theological Response to Ecojustice153
Afterword: Where Do We Go from Here?177
Participants: North American Native Workshop on Environmental Justice198

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