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Identity Delegitimization and Eco-Enterprise: A Comparative Study of the Process of Disenrollment in Native American Communities

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dc.contributor.advisor Korostelina, Karina V.
dc.contributor.author McRae, Janice R.
dc.creator McRae, Janice R.
dc.date 2010-04-26
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-11T18:05:17Z
dc.date.available NO_RESTRICTION en_US
dc.date.available 2010-05-11T18:05:17Z
dc.date.issued 2010-05-11T18:05:17Z
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/5804
dc.description.abstract This dissertation describes the process of contemporary internal fragmentation resulting from tribal disenrollment (loss of citizenship) which has occurred in some Native American communities. Employing a comparative analysis approach, it explores three groups, the Cherokee, the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians and the Las Vegas Paiute, each having experienced recent economic gain through such enterprises as casino gaming. Through the analysis of narrative discourse, this research focuses on the disenrollment experience from the perspective of those who have been expelled. It provides a view of how this in-group conflict has resulted in social emotional distress as community decision-makers and leaders exercise their sovereign rights in determining who does and who does not belong. The study explores how such decisions act as constraints and, thereby, elicit efforts of resistance to the altering of salient identity markers – a process which is explored through the realm of modernization and economic transition. This research is intended to provide a glimpse of the impact of historical occurrences on contemporary decision-making impacting Native societies, individual identity and belonging. Finally, it attempts to explore avenues for community healing and reconciliation and provides a look at broader implications for the understanding of discord within groups.
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject disenrollment en_US
dc.subject intragroup conflict en_US
dc.subject Native American en_US
dc.subject American Indian en_US
dc.subject casino gambling en_US
dc.subject Conflict resolution en_US
dc.title Identity Delegitimization and Eco-Enterprise: A Comparative Study of the Process of Disenrollment in Native American Communities en_US
dc.type Dissertation en
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy in Conflict Resolution en_US
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.discipline Conflict Analysis and Resolution en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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