Publication Date

2009

Degree Name

MA in Conflict Management

First Advisor

John Ungerleider

Abstract

This capstone paper explores the impact of a peacebuilding initiative within a Native American community in conflict. This paper explores a peacebuilding initiative within a mixed community of white and Native American individuals from the standpoint of a “conflict transformation specialist” employed for one year with Society of the Advancement of Native Interests – Today (SANI-T), a Native American advocacy organization located in Rapid City, South Dakota. The impact of the Campaign to Unite a Community (CUC) is assessed through personal observations and participant feedback collected from SANI-T through the lens of conflict transformation theories underlying the initiative. The paper offers personal and professional insights into the experience of a specific Native American community in South Dakota and the efforts and consequences of dealing with a community reeling from racism, oppression, and historical trauma and draws attention to the need for more effective peacebuilding initiatives within the larger Rapid City community.

Disciplines

Indigenous Studies | Other Social and Behavioral Sciences

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