Proper ethics in research are important to me, especially in work being done with Indigenous peoples and Indigenous communities. Too often, academic research with Indigenous communities has been extractive in nature and has done harm to both individuals and communities. To that end, I support the right of Indigenous peoples to vet and regulate research being done in their communities, including tribal IRBs and other formal or informal mechanisms. I work extensively with the tribal IRBs or similar institutional review mechanisms in order to ensure that my research aligns with community standards and goals.
Proof of IRB approval from the communities that I am working with can be made available by request, with the consent of the community in question.
I also recognize that formal governmental approval is not the final determining factor for individual consent, therefore I follow a policy of obtaining consent to interviews and oral histories on a person-to-person basis, beyond governmental consent.