Harris, Scott L
Wed Jun 6 10:59:33 CDT 2001
Some issues relating to papers.
THE MSU PROJECT:
While the paper reflects a good deal of thought and effort I have some
1) The topic eliminates any discussion of issues effecting the 500+
currently recognized nations (other than at the level of resource
trade-offs). We would learn a great deal about the 15 specified groups but
could not debate what might be considered the core of the literature
relating to indigenous peoples throughout America.
2) I have serious concerns that the topic is too narrow (even acknowledging
all of the answers to this concern in the paper). I think the topic makes a
good effort to create balance and would be ideal for a debate class. I also
think it drains much of the creativity that makes debating fun completely
out of the debate process. I have trouble seeing this topic evolving very
much over the course of a debate season.
3) I think the claimed diversity of advantages is a potential mirage since
they can be counterplanned out with action short of recognition.
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