Indigenous Nations within Modern Nation States

By: Duane Champagne, PhD


Duane Champagne, PhD (Professor of Sociology, UCLA) has complied, and elaborated upon years of scholarly and editorial work to be able to offer readers accessible and thought-provoking discussion on issues pertaining to Indigenous peoples. This book brings the complexities of Indigenous concerns out of the shadows that so unnecessarily define the margins of society in order to educate readers and, as such, spur on critically informed debate aimed at bettering the position of Indigenous – and by extension, as we are all inhabitants of Turtle Island – non-Indigenous, peoples within modern nation states.

  • ISBN: 978-1-926476-02-5
    Price: $30.00
    Binding: Paperback
    Date: 2015
    Rights: World
    Pages: 213
    Size: 6” x 9”

  • Table of Contents

    Table of Contents


    1. Indigenous Ways

    2. Recognition of Indigenous Peoples

    3. Indigenous Based Education

    4. Sustained Self-Sufficience

    5. Tribal Good Governance

    6. Reservation Public Safety

    7. Living or Surviving

    8. Origins of Indigenous Autonomy

    9. Indigenism

    10. Trust, States, and Colonialism

    11. Nations of the World

    About the Author

  • Duane Champagne, PhD

    Duane Champagne, PhD is a citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and professor within the Department of Sociology at UCLA.

  • Long known as an innovative researcher and teacher, in recent years Duane Champagne also has produced a remarkable series of commentaries-captured in this book-on nearly every facet of Indigenous affairs. These brief, incisive essays bring penetrating insight and rare perspective to an impressive array of issues facing contemporary Indigenous peoples in the United States and beyond.

    Stephen Cornell, PhD

    Director, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy
    Professor of Sociology
    Affiliated Faculty, James E. Rogers College of Law
    The University of Arizona

    Indigenous Nations within Modern Nation States deals with the diverse perspectives of Indigenous peoples and their nations. There is considerable discussion on how academic disciplines, and mainstream culture, tend to distort the validity of Indigenous perspectives and knowledge, while marginalizing them at the same time. This is a manuscript with revolutionary implications that provides pathways for debate and agreement toward sustaining the interests and values of Indigenous peoples and nation states in collectively favorable ways.

    John G. Hansen, PhD

    Department of Sociology
    University of Saskatchewan

    This compilation of Professor Champagne’s brief but thought-provoking essays, written for Indian Country Today Media Center, makes an important contribution to the growing body of literature about American Indian struggles for sovereignty, human rights, justice, and self-sufficiency. Champagne, himself a Turtle Mountain Chippewa and a sociologist, stresses that contemporary Indian peoples are using their respective beliefs, values, and worldviews as guiding lights to overcome the crippling effects of genocide, oppression, dispossession, poverty, and marginalization. As such, this book is an essential read for anyone seeking a critical assessment of the social, economic, and political status of today’s Indian nations.

    James Riding In, PhD

    Citizen, Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma
    Associate Professor
    American Indian Studies
    Arizona State University

    In Indigenous Nations within Modern Nation States, Duane Champagne adeptly guides us on a journey through the American Indian experience. The author tackles complex, and sometimes unpleasant, topics such as: identity and authenticity, loss of land, tribal economies, education, and discriminatory Indian policies. This book tells a compelling story in a manner that makes it accessible and understandable. It should be read by those looking for an informative and well-written account of what it means to be Indian in America.

    Cora J. Voyageur, PhD

    Professor of Sociologist
    University of Calgary