By Michael Lerma, Robert Yazzie, Avery Denny
Guided through the Mountains appears to be like on the tensions among Indigenous political philosophy and the demanding situations confronted by means of Indigenous international locations in construction political associations that deal with modern difficulties and enact ""good governance.""
summary: Guided by way of the Mountains seems on the tensions among Indigenous political philosophy and the demanding situations confronted via Indigenous countries in construction political associations that tackle modern difficulties and enact ""good governance.""
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But the first step to correct any of these problems is to allow a new idea (fire or spark) to deal with our daily mismanaged relationship with the Four Sacred Elements. Moving sunwise, the process goes through Dibé Nitsaa (Mount Hesperus), Sisnaajiní (Mount Blanca), and Tsoodził (Mount Taylor). This process will be elaborated upon in Chapter 1. For our purposes, we need to merely understand that Diné philosophy has embedded within it the necessary conditions for good governance and good politics.
I was seated next to Avery Denny when this gentleman made the comment. I looked over at Mr. Denny and he looked at me; we shared a look of frustration. As will be made abundantly clear in Chapter 4, contemporary governing problems deeply involve the origin of the Navajo Tribal Council and its intended purpose. Like nearly every Indigenous nation in the lower forty-eight states of what became the United States, Navajo Nation was put under tremendous pressure to create governments with a singular purpose of signing land leases (Lerma 2014a, 108–146).
There is a great deal of learning to be accomplished. First we must address a caveat. I once overheard an individual from Navajo Nation lamenting how his people lacked philosophers like Socrates and Aristotle. As a result, he was confused on how a contemporary Diné government should be reformed. I was seated next to Avery Denny when this gentleman made the comment. I looked over at Mr. Denny and he looked at me; we shared a look of frustration. As will be made abundantly clear in Chapter 4, contemporary governing problems deeply involve the origin of the Navajo Tribal Council and its intended purpose.