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Minority Accommodation through Territorial and Non-Territorial Autonomy$
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Tove H. Malloy and Francesco Palermo

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198746669

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746669.001.0001

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Indigenous Autonomy in the Americas

Indigenous Autonomy in the Americas

(p.197) 9 Indigenous Autonomy in the Americas
Minority Accommodation through Territorial and Non-Territorial Autonomy

Alexandra Xanthaki

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on indigenous autonomy regimes in the Americas. Indigenous autonomous units are well accepted in many American states as important ways to accommodate the distinctiveness and protect the culture of indigenous communities, and hence they have existed for some time, in some places even being incorporated into the constitutions. Although the histories of indigenous peoples in the Americas vary, the chapter analyses some of the common—and most interesting—modes of autonomy. It argues that territorial autonomy cannot be separated from indigenous land clams, and demonstrates how specific administrative arrangements are being used to dilute indigenous autonomy in political representation. It emphasizes the need for indigenous free, prior, and informed consent on any development project as an important safeguard against transnational corporations, and discusses constitutional provisions that allow indigenous autonomy relating to their customs and juridical systems.

Keywords:   autonomy, indigenous peoples, territorial autonomy, indigenous political representation, consent

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