Julian Aguon
is an attorney-author-activist whose work centers on the rights of
non-self-governing and indigenous peoples in international law. He is the author
of several collections of political essays focusing on peoples’ struggles in Guam
and the wider Micronesian region around issues of colonization, neocolonial-
ism, and militarism and numerous articles in U.S. law reviews and journals on
the legal nuances and complexities surrounding the international law on the
self-determination of peoples and its present-day invocation and application. Li-
censed to practice law in Guam, Palau, and the Marshall Islands, Aguon runs a
Pacific regional law firm ( from which he provides legal coun-
sel to these and other Pacific peoples and governments on a range of international
human rights law and policy issues.
Joanne Barker
(Lenape) is a citizen of the Delaware Tribe of Indians and is associate
professor of Ameri can Indian Studies at San Francisco State University. She is
author of Native Acts: Law, Recognition, and Cultural Authenticity (Duke University
Press, 2011) and editor of Sovereignty Matters: Locations of Contestation and Possi-
bility in Indigenous Struggles for Self- Determination.
Berenika Byszewski
is a graduate student in American Studies at the University of
New Mexico. Her interests include critical cartography, settler colonial studies,
and the cultural politics of archaeology. She is also an adjunct professor in the
Historic Preservation and Regionalism Program at the University of New Mexico
and a practicing archaeologist.
Jennifer Nez Denetdale
is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and associate professor of
American Studies at the University of New Mexico. Her research interests include
settler colonialism and decolonization, tribal nations, sovereignty, gender, and
Indigenous feminisms. She is the author of Reclaiming Diné History: The Legacies
of Navajo Chief Manuelito and Juanita; The Long Walk: The Forced Navajo Exile; and
The Navajo, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. She is also coeditor
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