Quiet, Yet Ever-Constant Advocacy

Laura Evans

in Power from Powerlessness

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199742745
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895052 | DOI:
Quiet, Yet Ever-Constant Advocacy

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This chapter examines the ways that American Indian tribal governments confront and change federal Indian policy—specifically, how tribes have discovered and buttressed institutional niches. The chapter explores both short-term and long-term components of tribes’ strategies. Chapter 3 also identifies forces that can alter prospects for utilizing institutional niches. Tribes sought support from institutional niches because those niches allowed them to understand specific problems and solutions; to understand outside interests and to access them; and to access new organizational repertoires. Tribes secured this assistance over time because they gained political insiders’ insights; they won recognition as important collaborators; and they nudged forward regulations that were more favorable, flexible, and simple.

Keywords: American Indians; tribal governments; expertise; institutional niches; organizations; access

Chapter.  15079 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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