The Link between environmental policy and the colonization process and its effects on american indian involvement in crime, law, and society

Linda Robyn, Thom Alcoze

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Abstract

Present criminal justice literature does not recognize the connection between the environment and criminal justice issues as they pertain to American Indian people. This chapter is an essential piece that attempts to fill the void in understanding native issues relating to criminal justice, law, and society. For the most part, native peoples have been denied equal access to economic power in the past throughout the United States and Canada, particularly in the area of environmental resources management. This is particularly important given the historical and contemporary connectedness of indigenous people to the land. Indigenous peoples have been uniformly excluded or at least marginalized when it comes to the passage of laws or decision making concerning the environmental impact of corporate intrusion upon their lands. When laws are passed and decisions made that adversely affect native lands, resistance by native people occurs. In times past, native resistance to this intrusion has had violent consequences, including victimization throughloss of land base, autonomy, and resulting poverty. When native people resist, oftentimes they are arrested and experience the odyssey of a journey through the criminal justice system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNative Americans and the Criminal Justice System
Subtitle of host publicationTheoretical and Policy Directions
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages67-84
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781317255666
ISBN (Print)9781594511790
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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    Robyn, L., & Alcoze, T. (2015). The Link between environmental policy and the colonization process and its effects on american indian involvement in crime, law, and society. In Native Americans and the Criminal Justice System: Theoretical and Policy Directions (pp. 67-84). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315633312-14