Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Politics and International Relations
© 2012 Elizabeth Shulterbrandt
This paper attempts to provide an answer to the question of why the White House Tribal Nations Conferences (2009-2011) are happening by offering two hypothesis-- the first being the growing American Indian political power, while the other looks at whether the Conferences are simply symbolic politics--as potential answers. An in depth analysis of the Conferences and the purported accomplishments from the summits are analyzed in order to gain a deeper understanding of the Conferences themselves. Lastly, an interview with a tribal leader is presented to provide another framework in which to view the Conferences.
Shulterbrandt, Elizabeth A., "The 5 W's of the White House Tribal Nations Conferences: 2009-2011" (2012). Scripps Senior Theses. 70.