Published June 2, 2020
Congratulations to Professor Hilary Weaver on the publication of her article, "Indigenous Peoples in the United States: The Challenge of Balancing Inclusion and Sovereignty," in the Journal of Progressive Human Services.
Weaver, H. N. (2020). Indigenous peoples in the United States: The challenge of balancing inclusion and sovereignty. Journal of Progressive Human Services. Advance online publication.
Native Americans are members of sovereign nations that pre-date colonial settler societies. In settler societies, inclusion has often meant assimilation, a form of forced or coerced participation in the larger society and loss of Indigenous identity. On the other hand, inclusion can counterbalance prejudice and bigotry, thus, helping reduce stereotypes and oppression. The challenge is to provide opportunities for inclusion without mandating incorporation at the cost of Indigenous distinctiveness and ways of being. This article explores how Indigenous Peoples can reap the benefits of social inclusion while avoiding its pitfalls, including loss of identity and legal status.