TitleEnvironmental Justice, American Indians and the Cultural Dilemma: Developing Environmental Management for Tribal Health and Well-being
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsRanco, DJ, O'Neill, CA, Donatuto, J, Harper, B
JournalEnvironmental Justice
Pagination221 - 230
Date Published12/2011

Environmental justice in the tribal context cannot be contemplated apart from a recognition of American Indian tribes' unique historical, political, and legal circumstances. American Indian tribes are sovereign governments, with inherent powers of self-government over their citizens and their territories. Their status as sovereign entities predates contact with European settlers. This separate status, nonetheless, was affirmed by the United States early on and is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. Tribes today continue to exist as distinct sovereigns within the boundaries of the United States.