Native American communication research is a growing, vibrant, interdisciplinary field characterized by the infusion of American Indian voices into a robust critique of established communication methodologies. An important focus of new research involves Native American scholars,[Page 1078] often in collaboration with non-Native scholars, who conduct studies with community consent and with an emphasis on “giving back” or reciprocity. This research model contrasts with the exploitative, colonial nature of older methods that some reservation residents likened to strip mining—a form of “rip and run” for academic purposes.
Native American experience has long been characterized by incredible diversity: 571 peoples with treaties and many more (often small tribes) without treaties, within the U.S. mainland, and hundreds more in Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, and Mesoamerica. Uncounted, ...
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