Evicting people from nature: Indigenous land rights and national parks in Australia, Russia, and the United States

Robert A. Poirier A., David Ostergren

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The authors compare Australia, the United States, and Russia to provide a cross section of political and cultural circumstances impacting indigenous people as these countries recognize the value of protecting wild natural areas. All three nations initiated protected area systems in the late 1800s that excluded indigenous populations. Throughout most of the 1900s, indigenous peoples were separated from the land by legal, political, and cultural barriers. We conclude by demonstrating that within the context of international agreements, all three nations have slowly recognized the rights of indigenous peoples and their role within, or next to, national park lands.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)331-352
Number of pages22
JournalNatural Resources Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2002


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Law

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