Franklin Sage

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Daphne Pedersen


Are Native Americans different from non-Native Americans when it comes to environmental attitudes and behaviors? Historically and traditionally, Native American preservation of the environment has been interwoven into cultural practice, which led to a special relationship between the environment and Native people. This thesis presents results from a comparative, quantitative study that focuses on Native Americans’ environmental attitudes and behaviors using data from the 1993, 1994, 2000, and 2010 waves of the General Social Survey. The study is framed using multicultural theory, which values the unique standpoint and perspectives of traditionally marginalized groups. This thesis focuses on the standpoints of Native American groups, making use of narratives from Native American scholars and laypeople from various tribes. The results indicated that Native Americans are generally no different than the rest of American society when it comes to the environmental attitudes and behaviors tested in this thesis.

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