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1st Edition

Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Policy

ISBN 9780367222369
Published October 30, 2020 by Routledge
256 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book examines how Indigenous Peoples around the world are demanding greater data sovereignty, and challenging the ways in which governments have historically used Indigenous data to develop policies and programs.

In the digital age, governments are increasingly dependent on data and data analytics to inform their policies and decision-making. However, Indigenous Peoples have often been the unwilling targets of policy interventions and have had little say over the collection, use and application of data about them, their lands and cultures. At the heart of Indigenous Peoples’ demands for change are the enduring aspirations of self-determination over their institutions, resources, knowledge and information systems.

With contributors from Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, North and South America and Europe, this book offers a rich account of the potential for Indigenous data sovereignty to support human flourishing and to protect against the ever-growing threats of data-related risks and harms.

The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license

Table of Contents

List of tables and figures

List of contributors

Chapter 1: Indigenous Data Sovereignty, Governance and the Link to Indigenous Policy, Maggie Walter and Stephanie Russo Carroll

Chapter 2: "Pushing the space": Data sovereignty and self-determination in Aotearoa NZ, Tahu Kukutai and Donna Cormack

Chapter 3: The Intersection of Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Closing the Gap policy in Australia, Raymond Lovett, Roxanne Jones and Bobby Maher

Chapter 4: Growing Pueblo Data Sovereignty, Michele Suina and Carnell T. Chosa

Chapter 5: Indigenous Data and Policy in Aotearoa New Zealand, Andrew Sporle, Maui Hudson and Kiri West

Chapter 6: Indigenous Self-Determination and Data Governance in the Canadian Policy Context, Robyn K. Rowe, Julie R. Bull and Jennifer D. Walker

Chapter 7: The Challenge of Indigenous Data in Sweden, Per Axelsson and Christina Storm Mienna

Chapter 8: Data Governance in the Basque Country: Victims and Memories of Violent Conflicts, Joxerramon Bengoetxea

Chapter 9: Indigenous Policy and Indigenous Data in Mexico, Oscar Luis Figueroa Rodríguez

Chapter 10: Indigenous Data Sovereignty: Quechan Education Data Sovereignty, Jameson D. Lopez

Chapter 11: Indigenous Data Sovereignty and the Role of Universities, Tennille L. Marley

Chapter 12: Narratives on Indigenous Victimhood: challenges of Indigenous Data Sovereignty in Colombia’s transitional setting, Gustavo Rojas- Páez and Colleen Alena O’Brien

Chapter 13: Kaupapa Māori-Informed Approaches to Support Data Rights and Self-Determination, Sarah-Jane Paine, Donna Cormack, Papaarangi Reid, Ricci Harris and Bridget Robson

Chapter 14: The Legal and Policy Dimensions of Indigenous Data Sovereignty, Rebecca Tsosie

Chapter 15: Embedding Systemic Change - Opportunities and Challenges, Maggie Walter, Stephanie Russo Carroll, Tahu Kukutai and Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear

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Maggie Walter (Palawa) (PhD, FASSA) is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Publishing extensively in the field of Indigenous Data, including Indigenous Statistics (with C. Andersen 2013 Routledge), Maggie is a founding member of the Maiam nayri Wingara Indigenous Data Sovereignty Collective and the Global Indigenous Data Alliance.

Tahu Kukutai (Ngati Tiipa, Ngati Kinohaku, Te Aupouri) (PhD) is Professor of Demography at the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, Aotearoa New Zealand. She co-edited Indigenous Data Sovereignty: Toward an Agenda and is a founding member of the Maori Data Sovereignty Network Te Mana Raraunga and the Global Indigenous Data Alliance.

Stephanie Russo Carroll (Ahtna-Native Village of Kluti-Kaah, Sicilian-descent) (DrPH, MPH) is Assistant Professor of Public Health and Associate Director for the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona, USA. A researcher active at the nexus of Indigenous governance, the environment, community wellness and data, Stephanie co-founded the US Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network and is a founding member and chair of the Global Indigenous Data Alliance.

Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear (Northern Cheyenne and Chicana) (PhD) is a social demographer who researches the intersection of Indigenous erasure, data and inequality. She is Assistant Professor of Sociology and American Indian Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Desi co-founded the US Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network and is a founding member of the Global Indigenous Data Alliance.