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date: 16 April 2021

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As a discipline, political science, particularly in the United States, takes indigenous politics for granted. This chapter examines the relative invisibility and distortion of indigenous politics in American political science, with an emphasis on sovereignty and the state on the one hand, and race and ethnicity politics on the other. In particular, it looks at scholars’ inability to recognize the value and importance of indigenous politics, their emphasis on sovereignty as an exclusive characteristic of the state, and their inability to account for or understand the political identity and politics of Indigenous people. It also considers the role of settler-colonialism in political life. The chapter concludes by suggesting ways of situating indigenous politics as its own distinct subfield of political science.

Keywords: political science, United States, indigenous politics, sovereignty, state, race, ethnicity, political identity, indigenous people, settler-colonialism

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