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Joseph E. Trimble & Robin A. LaDue

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Chapter 23: Law and Social Identity and Its Effects on American Indian and Alaska Native Youth1

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Law and Social Identity and Its Effects on American Indian and Alaska Native Youth1
Law and social identity and its effects on american indian and alaska native youth
Joseph E.TrimbleWestern Washington University
Robin A.LaDueUniversity of Washington

We must come to recognize that one of the fundamental human rights of individuals and of groups includes the right to self-identification and self-definition, so long as one does not adopt an identity which has the effect of denying the same rights to others.

—Jack D. Forbes (1990, pp. 48–49)

The words of the American Indian historian Jack D. Forbes set the tone and theme of this chapter as he asserts that self-identification and self-declaration are rights—privileges granted by birth, perquisite, prerogative, or law. Whatever form it takes, identity is a complex construct, as ...

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