Devolution and the Navajo Nation: Strategies for Local Empowerment in Three Navajo Communities

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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/228455
Title:
Devolution and the Navajo Nation: Strategies for Local Empowerment in Three Navajo Communities
Author:
Hale, Michelle Lynn
Issue Date:
2012
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
The Navajo Nation comprises 110 local communities spread over 16 million acres and linked under a highly centralized system of tribal government. Since the creation of the Navajo chapter system, which facilitates local governance for the Navajo Nation, there have been growing tensions between some of these local communities and the central government in Window Rock. In the 1990s and early 2000s, several of these communities moved to claim greater decision-making authority as an assertion of local empowerment. This dissertation examines three such communities and their empowerment strategies: a grassroots secession movement at Tohajiilee, Shonto's use of the Navajo Nation's Local Governance Act (LGA), and the establishment of the Kayenta Township. This comparative study examines these strategies and considers their significance for the future of Navajo leadership and self-government.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
Economics; Leadership; Navajo; Reservation; American Indian Studies; Chapter; Dine
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; American Indian Studies
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Cornell, Stephen

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleDevolution and the Navajo Nation: Strategies for Local Empowerment in Three Navajo Communitiesen_US
dc.creatorHale, Michelle Lynnen_US
dc.contributor.authorHale, Michelle Lynnen_US
dc.date.issued2012-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe Navajo Nation comprises 110 local communities spread over 16 million acres and linked under a highly centralized system of tribal government. Since the creation of the Navajo chapter system, which facilitates local governance for the Navajo Nation, there have been growing tensions between some of these local communities and the central government in Window Rock. In the 1990s and early 2000s, several of these communities moved to claim greater decision-making authority as an assertion of local empowerment. This dissertation examines three such communities and their empowerment strategies: a grassroots secession movement at Tohajiilee, Shonto's use of the Navajo Nation's Local Governance Act (LGA), and the establishment of the Kayenta Township. This comparative study examines these strategies and considers their significance for the future of Navajo leadership and self-government.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
dc.subjectEconomicsen_US
dc.subjectLeadershipen_US
dc.subjectNavajoen_US
dc.subjectReservationen_US
dc.subjectAmerican Indian Studiesen_US
dc.subjectChapteren_US
dc.subjectDineen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAmerican Indian Studiesen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorCornell, Stephenen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHiller, Joseph G.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberParezo, Nancy J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberCornell, Stephenen_US
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