Breaking the Iron Bonds: Indian Control of Energy Development

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It is, perhaps, not well known that Indian people own about one-third of the country's western coal and uranium resources, as well as vast quantities of oil and natural gas. In the early 1960s, lurid news accounts about the Black Mesa strip mine in Arizona and the manipulation of the Navajos and Hopis shocked the American public, Indian and non-Indian alike. The mine became a symbol of the exploitation of Indian people and Indian resources to satisfy the nation's energy demands. In this book, Marjane Ambler explores the strides that both tribes and individual Indian mineral owners have made since that time, gaining crucial control over oil, gas, coal, and uranium development on their lands. "Breaking the Iron Bonds" focuses on the quiet revolution of the 1970s and 1980s. It traces the steps taken--both forward and backward--as tribes and individual Indian mineral owners asserted control over energy development, from monetary returns and water rights to off-reservation development and environmental regulations. In a final chapter, the author describes how some tribes have taken over some wells completely or joined with corporate partners to direct development. Ms. Ambler, who has covered these issues for fifteen years as a journalist, offers firsthand accounts, numerous interviews with major players, and lively descriptions of the heroics of some Indian leaders. Much of the writing about American Indian issues has focused on either policies adopted by federal government or on the results of those policies on a single reservation. By contrast, this book shows the effects of tribal and federal energy policies on fifteen western reservations and untangles the complicated legal and technical issues.

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Autor: Marjane Ambler
ISBN-13 :: 9780700605187
ISBN: 0700605185
Erscheinungsjahr: 01.02.1990
Verlag: UNIV PR OF KANSAS
Gewicht: 526g
Seiten: 368
Sprache: Englisch
Sonstiges: Taschenbuch, 228x155x24 mm
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