Conservation of indigenous heritage in the United States: Issues and policy development

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Conservation of indigenous heritage is closely associated with the political and social position of the indigenous people in society. In order to understand the ongoing debate and changing perspectives on indigenous heritage, study of the growth of American Indian communities and their relationships with the U.S. government is crucial. Therefore, this article examines the federal policies and programs and the political dynamics presented in conserving indigenous heritage by reviewing Indian policy developments within the past two decades. American Indians did not possess ownership of their own cultural heritage and could not participate in the administration and formation of legal protection for heritage conservation. Policy changes have been influenced by the evolving roles of American Indian communities; this article explains how tribes finally became a partner in heritage conservation efforts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-204
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Arts Management Law and Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2008


  • American Indian heritage
  • Heritage policy
  • Indigenous heritage


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