“PRE-PACKAGED SOVEREIGNTY”: THE FALLACY OF INDIAN SELFDETERMINATION IN THE BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS (BIA) TRIBAL SOCIAL SERVICES PROGRAMS

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“PRE-PACKAGED SOVEREIGNTY”: THE FALLACY OF INDIAN SELFDETERMINATION IN THE BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS (BIA) TRIBAL SOCIAL SERVICES PROGRAMS, Is A Well-Researched Topic, It Is To Be Used As A Guide Or Framework For Your Research.

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This thesis examines the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) tribal social services programs in New Mexico Native reservation communities. I rely on interviews with current/former BIA social workers and administrators to contextualize my analysis, while revealing the limits of existing social work scholarship and offering recommendations for future scholarship and community work. Using critical Indigenous studies and feminisms
along with critical social work, I advance two primary arguments. The first is, despite the so-called self-determination era, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) functions as a settler colonial administration that diminishes tribal sovereignty and perpetuates racist and gendered violence. The capacity for tribes to contract through the Indian Self Determination and Educational Assistance Act (ISDEAA) of 1975 is not the promise of
self-determination, but the maintenance of white possessive logics and white normativity in the name of Indian welfare and rehabilitation. Secondly, rather than reforming BIA tribal programs, it is necessary for each tribal community to reestablish their cultural social networks and programs that are guided by their Indigenous justice systems and traditional practices of healing and kinship. By privileging and prioritizing, Indigenous justice systems, traditional practices of healing and kinship within tribal programs and communities, tribes can materialize the newest iteration of self-determination outside of
American jurisprudence and white normativity discourses. Moreover, they can directly refuse settler colonial administrative domination over our most valuable community members, our Indigenous children.

Table of Contents

Preface————————————————————————————–vii
Introduction———————————————————————————1
Decolonization———————————————————————-2
Land———————————————————————————-4
Economy—————————————————————————–5
Relationality ————————————————————————6
Sovereignty————————————————————————–6
Activism & Resistance————————————————————8
PART I. Bureau of Indian Affairs—————————————————-12
PL93-638- Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act—–16
Department of Human Services (DHS) —————————————19
PART II. The Culture of the Bureau of Indian Affairs—————————22
Indian Preference———————————————————————–22
Government-to-Government ——————————————————–23
Indigenous Hermeneutics ————————————————————26
PART III. Social Work——————————————————————28
Non-Indigenous Social Work Literature——————————————30
Indigenous Social Work Literature————————————————-32
PART IV. Tribal Social Work———————————————————36
Brainwashing/Domesticity——————————————————38
Heteropatriarchy/ Toxic Masculinity——————————————-41
Economic Development———————————————————43
Secrecy—————————————————————————–43
Indigenous Intelligentsia/ Philosophies—————————————-44
PART V. Restorative Practices——————————————————–46
Healing————————————————————————————47
Justice————————————————————————————-47
Kinship————————————————————————————48
Conclusion———————————————————————————49

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Author

APRIL KATERI CHAVEZ

Year

2018

No of Chapters

5

No of Pages

66

Reference

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