This study addresses the levels of cultural inclusivity a Native American led social organization can have within an urban environment. Providing space for conversations and dialogue to occur by using talking circles, Rapid City Community Conversations is a social organization addressing deeply rooted issues of colonization that manifest themselves in various forms in contemporary Rapid City, South Dakota. The organization’s use of Lakota dispute resolution mechanisms provides for a culturally inclusive approach for the Native members when discussing heavy and often triggering issues. The voices of Rapid City Community Conversations’ members are showcased in this work as they provide the body from which the data for this project was studied. Analyzing storytelling as lived memory or embodied knowledge validates the events and experiences Rapid City Community Conversations has been a part of from the perspectives of its members. Rapid City Community Conversations has started to bring healing and awareness of the relationality shared by the citizens of Rapid City. A cultural shift has begun to occur from within the Native community in Rapid City in part due to Rapid City Community Conversations. Both the structural approach and the efficacy of the social organization add to the strength it has in serving the Native community in an urban environment indicating the need for a culturally inclusive approach.
|Advisor:||Montgomery, Lindsay Martel|
|Commitee:||Tatum, Melissa, Trosper, Ronald L.|
|School:||The University of Arizona|
|Department:||American Indian Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||MAI 81/12(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Native American studies, Alternative Dispute Resolution|
|Keywords:||Alternative dispute resolution, American Indian, Community, Indigenous dispute resolution, Lakota, Urban politics|
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