The White Earth Constitution, Cosmopolitan Nationhood, and the Fruitful Ironies of Relational Sovereignty

  • Joseph Bauerkemper University of Minnesota, Duluth
Keywords: American Indian, Native American, constitution, federalism, sovereignty

Abstract

When informed by the work of indigenous writers and intellectuals, efforts to reimagine structures and processes of political organization and affiliation might foster reconfigured, enhanced, and expanded recognitions of Native sovereignties while also facilitating the deliberation and pursuit of justice in various contexts and on various scales. This essay explores this possibility by focusing first on some of the ways in which Native writing is currently studied within the academy and second on a particularly noteworthy piece of Native writing: the Constitution of the White Earth Nation. The essay suggests that in its narration of tribal sovereignty as both inherent and federated the Constitution of the White Earth Nation regards indigenous nationhood as a cosmopolitan endeavor.
Published
2015-04-13
How to Cite
Bauerkemper, J. (2015). The White Earth Constitution, Cosmopolitan Nationhood, and the Fruitful Ironies of Relational Sovereignty. Transmotion, 1(1), 1. Retrieved from https://journals.kent.ac.uk/index.php/transmotion/article/view/111
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