Current Issues: The issues that are to be addressed are ones that have a direct bearing on the survival of indigenous people. Survival is not only a biological survival, but includes, but is not limited to, language, the environment, sacred sites, health, culture, issues of sovereignty, governance, happiness, etc. Guiding questions:
- How do we become aware of these issues?
- When does it become imperative to address these issues?
- Who else is also involved that is concerned about these issues?
- What and who are the main influences in the creation and perpetuation of these issues?
- If left undisturbed, how will this issue affect the future survival of indigenous communities?
- How does indigenous epistemology play a role in these issues?
SARP: This pertains to different ways in which indigenous communities have addressed the issues. Over the course of time, historical influences, especially colonialism, have played a part in how indigenous people and communities react to important issues. Guiding questions are:
- Who are the stakeholders in these issues, and how has indigenous sensibility been adapted, resisted, or persisted under these circumstances?
- How are the stakeholders aligned, and what are their criteria for survival?
- How much of indigenous survival may be co-opted in the reconciliation of these issues?
Methodologies: This section pertains to various ways in which one conducts research in order to address the previous sections. Guiding questions are:
- Does interviewing or recording of testimonials play a key role in understand the issue?
- Do the issues have a transhuman dimension to them, and how can this be articulated on a transhuman level?
techniques of research are necessary in order to get a research agenda
Sources: This section pertains to the vast amount of sources that one may use to ascertain the history of the issues, an indigenous perspective, and recognized authorities on the current State of Native America. As well, this section directly addresses how Levels of Historical Authority need to prioritized in order to reconcile the issue. Guiding questions are:
- How do we recognize the usefulness of sources in reconciling these issues?
- How do we interrogate, value, and engage with various sources?
- Where do these sources exist that could aid in reconciling these issues?
Strategies: This section pertains to the various strategies that may be employed to reconcile these issues. Guiding questions are:
- Do these issues require legal, political, economic, or religious strategies in order to reconcile these issues?
- Who will become part of a strategy, such as environmental groups, activist groups, traditional communities, academics, politicians, the BIA, and others, and will you align their support in order to reconcile the issues?
- How will you determine and articulate the success in reconciling these issues?
- What strategies have been employed in the past that may be useful in reconciling on-going or contemporary issues?
- How flexible can your strategies be when attempting to reconcile these issues?