A Nation Within: Navajo Land and Economic Development

Cambridge University Press 2021

American University, WCL Research Paper 2022-01

32 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2022 Last revised: 22 Nov 2022

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Ezra Rosser

American University - Washington College of Law

Date Written: 2021

Abstract

In A Nation Within, Ezra Rosser explores the connection between land-use patterns and development in the Navajo Nation. Roughly the size of Ireland or West Virginia, the Navajo reservation has seen successive waves of natural resource-based development over the last century: grazing and over-grazing, oil and gas, uranium, and coal; yet Navajos continue to suffer from high levels of unemployment and poverty. Rosser shows the connection between the exploitation of these resources and the growth of the tribal government before turning to contemporary land use and development challenges. He argues that, in addition to the political challenges associated with any significant change, external pressures and internal corruption have made it difficult for the tribe to implement land reforms that could help provide space for economic development that would benefit the Navajo Nation and Navajo tribal members.

Note: This is the publicly available posting of the TOC, Preface, and Introduction for a A Nation Within: Navajo Land and Economic Development (Cambridge University Press, 2021), https://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/law/us-law/nation-within-navajo-land-and-economic-development?format=PB.

Keywords: Navajo, Indian Law, Native American, Indigenous Peoples, Economic Development, Land, Oil, Uranium, Coal, Grazing

JEL Classification: N52, K11, K32, R14, R52

Suggested Citation

Rosser, Ezra, A Nation Within: Navajo Land and Economic Development (2021). Cambridge University Press 2021, American University, WCL Research Paper 2022-01, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4005602 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4005602

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