Friday, January 27, 2023

Gabriel Galanda: Indigenous Kinship Renewal and Relational Sovereignty

Noted Indigenous Attorney Gabriel Galanda, a champion for Native Justice,  has a treatise up on Indigenous Kinship Renewal and Relational Sovereignty  It's a must-read for all.  Can tribes return to the "Indian Way"?   Disenrollment is NOT the Indian Way

“The simple fact of being born establishes one’s citizenship.”  - Vine Deloria Jr. 

The first part deconstructs the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1978 landmark decision in Santa Clara Pueblo v. Martinez to expose its distinctly economic underpinnings. That case exemplifies a steady erosion of Indigenous reciprocity, and concurrent rise of tribal per-capitalism and neocolonialism.  (OP:  Thurgood Marshall ruined the rights of Native Americans)

The second part suggests five actions that Native nations could take to restore inclusionary, duty-based kinship systems and rules. 

First, Native nations should replace blood quantum with alternative citizenship criteria rooted in traditional kinship principles.   

Second, Native nations should renew kinship terminology to eliminate neocolonial identifiers.   Third, Native nations should outlaw disenrollment and bring their relatives home.   Fourth, Native nations should lift enrollment moratoria and welcome their lost generations. Lastly, Native nations should—after pausing to understand the colonial legacy of federally sanctioned monetary distributions to tribal individuals—cease per capita payments and reinvest in community revitalization. 

By drawing on Indigenous traditions of reciprocity and shared destiny, Native nations should reconcile their peoples’ modern individual rights with their customary obligations and duties to one another. Through these strategies, Native nations can engage in a new paradigm of relational sovereignty, whereby Indigenous human existence is exalted and protected over individual power and profit.


D.N.R. said...

Please bear with me. I’m just a common person a non educated truck driver. But isn’t communism outlawed in the US already? Well if isn’t it sure as hell should be!

Thunderbird said...

Struggling with your idea of ceasing per cap this would only make a handful of people millionaires and leave the rest of in poverty! Case in point Sault Sainte Marie tribe. What a fiasco!