The Complex Relationships Between Nations States and Indigenous Nations


Contemporary indigenous nations are captured by a host nation state. The way in which the nation state legally, politically, and culturally defines and acts toward indigenous nations greatly affects the opportunities indigenous nations have for securing political autonomy, territory, and cultural continuity. In practice very few nation states are favorable to the primary goals of indigenous nations, and therefore Indigenous Peoples are typically marginalized and unrecognized. Some scholars argue that the main reasons for the marginalization of Indigenous Peoples derives from the discrimination and control created by settler state or settler colonization. This argument suggests that Europeans came, conquered and took control over land and Indigenous Peoples...

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Champagne, Duane. "The Complex Relationships Between Nations States and Indigenous Nations." Indian Country Today Media Network. December 13, 2014. Opinion. (, accessed December 17, 2014)