Mining, the Environment, and the Indigenous Development Conflicts

Mining, the Environment, and the Indigenous Development Conflicts

Book - 2009
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"Presents four cases from the United States and Canada: the Navajos and Hopis with Peabody Coal in Arizona; the Chippewas with the Crandon Mind proposal in Wisconsin; the Chipewyan Inuits, Dene, and Cree with Cameco in Saskatchewan; and the Innu and Inuits with Inco in Labrador. These cases exemplify different historical relationships with government and industry and provide an instance of high and low levels of Native resistance in each country. Through these cases, Ali analyzes why and under what circumstances tribes agree to negotiated mining agreements on their lands, and why some negotiations are successful and others not. Ali challenges conventional theories of conflict based on economic or environmental cost-benefit analysis, which do not fully capture the dynamics of resistance. He proposes that the underlying issue has less to do with environmental concerns than with sovereignty, which often complicates relationships between tribes and environmental organizations. Activist groups, he observes, fail to understand such tribal concerns and often have problems working with tribes on issues where they may presume a common environmental interest."--Jacket.
Publisher: Tucson : University of Arizona Press, [2009]
ISBN: 9780816528790
0816528799
Branch Call Number: 333.2 AL416M 2009
Characteristics: xxii, 254 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm

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