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Biculturalism, resource management and Indigenous self- determination (New Zealand).


Indigenous self-determination is primarily a question of control over our own bodies, communities, resources and land. Most Indigenous peoples in North and South America as well as the South Pacific today find themselves dominated by nation-states which are governed by the descendants of settlers: removed from traditional lands, resources and cultural patrimony. Often this domination has brought Indigenous peoples into political and even armed conflict with settler controlled nation-states. This domination of Indigenous populations and separation from their resources and lands has severed Indigenous self- determination, disrupting their autonomy over their customary lands and its resources.