Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimerer, professional leaders are offered inclusive vocabulary and new perspectives to enhance organizational communication practices and collaborative problem solving. As a citizen of the Potawatomi Nation, Kimerer’s personal experiences readily transfer to the erasure/dismissal culture Native Americans and other non-dominant members experience in professional organizations.
Learn more about Kimerer at her website.
Silences In Stewardship: Some American College Indian Examples Patricia O. Covarrubias and Sweeney R. Windchief is a case study featuring silence as a communication tool by Native American students in academic institutions. Covarrubias and Windchief offer leaders greater context into the overlapping intricacies of exclusive organizational standards pertaining to group participation and silence as a form of communication. When silence is misinterpreted by organizations this results in compounding exclusion of marginalized groups.
Access the case study online and choose to support Native American scholars http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10646170903300754.
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