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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Administrative Theory & Praxis

For a Special Issue on
Setting Indigenous Tables with Public Administration: Truths and Reconciliations

Abstract deadline
14 June 2021

Manuscript deadline
30 September 2021

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Amy Gould, The Evergreen State College
[email protected]

Lexie Tom, Lummi Nation School

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Setting Indigenous Tables with Public Administration: Truths and Reconciliations

This call seeks global Indigenous voices with practitioner based or theory building scholarship to carve discursive spaces for Indigenous Public Administration through the specific healing lens of truth and reconciliation. We encourage authors to consider one or more of the following subjects and questions. Other thematically related subjects may also be welcomed.

Indigenous Public Administration is the core of governing with and for Native communities. Indigenous Public Administration is unique because Indigenous communities have ancient forms of governance, a tumultuous past with colonization, and these lead us to the present. From an Indigenous perspective on harvest principles, Peoples of the Salish Sea have teachings about, “when the tide is out, the table is set.” Perhaps the tide is out now for public administration and our shared table is set for self-determination and sovereignty with many governments, peoples, and all of our relations (Wilson, 2009; Deloria, 1998; NCAI, 2020, February; Kenny and Ngaroimata Fraser, 2013).

Unfortunately, however, we share many past truths of harm. Does governing in a modern context perpetuate these past struggles? Or does today’s governing in Indigenous communities promote tables set for reconciliation?  Does the undercurrent of truth telling processes put all responsibility for reconciliation on tribes? What if non-Native governments are not willing to meet Indigenous governments at the table at this time? Many colonized nations are engaged in or beginning these talks, but what if they are no where near this place to be at the same table? Do truth and reconciliation processes exclude those communities?

Indeed, the National Congress of American Indians set our direction at the 77th Annual Convention and Marketplace with taskforces and a theme of “Truth and Reconciliation” (NCAI, 2020, November). Today tribal governments are creating strategies for how to move forward from where we are, and that is powerful (e.g. Truth and Reconciliation Commissions in New Zealand, Peru, Guatemala, Mauritius, South Africa, Canada, Maine Wabanaki-State, and California). While we must understand where we’ve been to name where we are and see where we need to go, the framing of these contexts is place-based with the myriad of diverse Indigenous peoples. Ultimately, Indigenous Public Administration is about relationships. Much remains to be discussed and understood about how truth and reconciliation can and should inform administrative theory and praxis, especially concerning relational narratives of healing. We know what happens when people are dehumanized; they are no longer whole beings.

Rather than perpetuate past harms and reproduce fragmented pieces of ourselves into compartmentalized or fractured mindscapes, this special issue seeks an actively healing disruption to carve a table of successful reconciliation in today’s places of governing (Harjo, 2004; van Dernoot Lipsky, 2009). Our intended outcomes for a special issue about Indigenous Public Administration emphasizing truth and reconciliation are to: voice multiple ways of knowing, embrace each as valid, and bring humanness back into governing.

This special issue welcomes all global submissions, but offers preference to Indigenous practitioners and scholars while acknowledging the intricately entangled webs of our identities. We use the broad identifier of “Indigenous” to be as inclusive as possible: Native, Native Community, Native Corporation, Native Village, Tribal government, Native Hawaiian, First Peoples, First Nations, Aboriginal, Tribal member, non-Tribal member, American Indian, urban Indian, federally recognized Tribal affiliation, non-federally recognized Tribal affiliation.

As a means of upholding the aims and scope of ATP, we seek papers for publication in this special issue as an opportunity to foster Indigenous Public Administration discourse and emergent theory building emphasizing the following prompts:

  • How and why does healing matter to Indigenous Public Administration?
  • How are Indigenous governments and communities setting tables for truths and reconciliations?
  • What are the roles of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions in governing?
  • Who sets the table for truths and reconciliations in governing?
  • What are practitioner and academic stories of Indigenous Public Administration? (Story sharing, conversation method, auto-ethnographic reflections, or Dialogue pieces are welcome.)

Finally, three questions provide the undercurrent of this call through Indigenous defined lifeways of relationality: What or who do we look up to and respect in our lives? How do we show respect? What connects us?

Submission Instructions

Abstracts of 250-500 words are due by June 14, 2021 via email to Dr. Amy Gould ([email protected]). Full papers from accepted abstracts will be due by September 30, 2021. Invitation to submit a full paper does not guarantee publication. Final papers can be uploaded to the journal’s Editorial Manager system: www.editorialmanager.com/atp. All papers will go through the journal’s peer review process. The special issue will include standard research articles, Dialogue submissions, and book reviews. Please refer to the journal's website for descriptions of each section. For questions, please contact: [email protected].

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