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Trust in the Land: New Directions in Tribal Conservation


The tenets of environmental justice advocate the ability of underrepresented communities (often communities of color) to have a seat at the table in environmental planning ("procedural justice"), and the recognition of disproportionate exposure to environmental contaminants by such communities in the planning process ("distributive justice"). [...]Middleton's approach fuses together the moral imperative of her work (she writes: "private transactions that lock up lands in perpetuity should never proceed without the participation of tribes and Native families with ties to the land" [35]) with the political imperative of recognizing that through their distinct relationship with the federal government Native nations are more than ordinary stakeholders - they are sovereign entities with corresponding political rights. [...]as stated above, the book is an excellent resource for Native community leaders and resource managers who wish to explore such possibilities within their own communities.

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