Tribal sovereigns: Reframing research in American Indian education

K Tsianina Lomawaima

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The inherent power dynamic between academic researchers and those they study is the focus of this article. Author K. Tsianina Lomawaima analyzes the shift in the balance of power between scholars and American Indian tribes that has occurred over the last four decades. She argues that issues such as access to subjects, data ownership, analysis and interpretation, and control over dissemination of findings all reflect what amounts to a struggle for power and tribal sovereignty. Lomawaima maintains that understanding the historical relationship between Native communities and academia, as well as the relatively new research protocols developed by various tribes, is necessary for responsible and respectful scholarship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalHarvard Educational Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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