What Is Indigenous Self-Determination and When Does it Apply?


Self-determination is an expression often used in discussion of indigenous goals. However, the meaning of self-determination varies among Indigenous Peoples, scholars, international documents, and nation states. The most common meaning of self-determination suggests that peoples with common political and cultural organization have the right to self-government and territory. The latter use of the term self-determination was used by the United States, and to a large extent by the United Nations in the post-World War II period to argue that the many former colonies of European nations, including the British, French, Dutch, Germans, Italians and others, had the right to form independent nation-states, declare territory, and join in the United Nations and international commerce...

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Champagne, Duane. "What Is Indigenous Self-Determination and When Does it Apply?" Indian Country Today Media Network. October 4, 2014. Article. (https://newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday/archive/what-is-indigenous-self-determination...), accessed October 6, 2014)

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