Astroturf Tribes: Big corporations, enviros, not Native Americans driving Bears Ears Monument

White-dominated environmental pressure groups use of Native Americans’ race to pursue their agendas, such as Bears Ears, is disturbing. “Since those involved in the environmental movement are overwhelmingly white, I argue that they too have been vulnerable to this same unconscious desire for an uncomplicated, Disney-fied existence [for Native Americans],” Grande notes. “The presumed power of whites to define ‘Indian-ness’ […]

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Broken Trust: Jewell plan falls short of promised tribal equality

“Cooperative” management does not put Native American tribes on the same legal footing with the U.S. government. “It seems they don’t want to have a nation-to-nation, but rather a government-to-government,” he said. “They want us to be up there, but at the same time be treated as less than equal.” Bears Ears coalition leader says Jewell order lacks equality for […]

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