Throughout history, socio-cultural and political movements have condemned indigenous peoples by advancing false rhetoric, half-truths, and equivocations championed as axiomatic principles. Foreign entities have massacred philosophies, traditions, and tribes while stealing ancestral lands that have yet to be recovered. This exploratory study examines the phenomenon of developing knowledge infrastructure within sovereign nations. A descriptive qualitative approach was used to answer the research question: To what extent, if at all, might knowledge infrastructure support generational advancement through learning and development programs within sovereign nations? Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 15 Tribal citizens, community members, and employees who currently or have worked in business enterprises within sovereign nations in the United States. This study details the significance of knowledge infrastructure and proposes recommendations based on collective voices within sovereign nations.

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Indigenous peoples--America; Ethnoscience; Knowledge acquisition (Expert systems)

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Graduate School of Education and Psychology



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Martine Jago