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  • Working Outside the System

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    Intellectual property in the state-centric, market-oriented society is a commodity used to exploit the resources of others. Intellectual property in a tribal society is a collective repository used to protect communal resources from exploitation by others. Theft of tribal intellectual property by others for state and market purposes diminishes the protective values of this property… more

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  • Choosing Life Over Money

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    It is very simple. Good air, water, food. These are some of the most essential and basic principles of the quality of life. They are harder and harder to find for people around the world, rich and poor. What is offered in food stores in industrialized countries more and more often is only junk at… more

  • An Illustrative Example

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    An illustrative example of indigenous cultural resources squaring off against commercial exploitation is the Panther Spring of Mt. Shasta, sacred to the Winnemum Wintu tribe. In blatant disregard of this indigenous property right, bottling companies like Nestle have been draining the pure aquifer to sell water in plastic to yuppies. Fortunately for all of us,… more

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  • Protecting Indigenous Property

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    In this briefing memorandum, indigenous scholars discuss intellectual property rights as perceived by indigenous nations. Noting the right to collective ownership as an essential element of indigenous culture, the authors clarify the fundamental difference in cultural perspectives that presently plagues relations between corporations, states and indigenous peoples. Protecting indigenous property, as they observe, requires developing… more

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  • Terror in the Tribes

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    Shortly after al Qaeda’s attacks on New York’s World Trade Center towers and the US Pentagon I sounded an alert to a deeper, long-term problem that will undermine states around the world. I argued that al Qaeda’s Saudi leader, Osama bin Ladin will seek to advantage his non-governmental, non-state organization by intimidating indigenous nations into… more