Indigenous Peoples and research: self-determination in research governance

Ibrahim Garba, Rogena Sterling, Rebecca Plevel, William Carson, Felina M. Cordova-Marks, Jewel Cummins, Caleigh Curley, Dominique David-Chavez, Adam Fernandez, Danielle Hiraldo, Vanessa Hiratsuka, Maui Hudson, Mary Beth Jäger, Lydia L. Jennings, Andrew Martinez, Joseph Yracheta, Nanibaa' A. Garrison, Stephanie Russo Carroll

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Indigenous Peoples are reimagining their relationship with research and researchers through greater self-determination and involvement in research governance. The emerging discourse around Indigenous Data Sovereignty has provoked discussions about decolonizing data practices and highlighted the importance of Indigenous Data Governance to support Indigenous decision-making and control of data. Given that much data are generated from research, Indigenous research governance and Indigenous Data Governance overlap. In this paper, we broaden the concept of Indigenous Data Sovereignty by using the CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance to discuss how research legislation and policy adopted by Indigenous Peoples in the US set expectations around recognizing sovereign relationships, acknowledging rights and interests in data, and enabling Indigenous Peoples' participation in research governance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1272318
JournalFrontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics
StatePublished - 2023


  • CARE Principles
  • Data Sovereignty
  • Indigenous
  • data governance
  • research governance
  • research practice
  • self-determination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Library and Information Sciences


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