Reciprocity and Constructions of Informed Consent: Researching with Indigenous Populations

  • Jason Brent Ellis Bowling Green State University
  • Mark A. Earley Bowling Green State University


In this article, the authors present a discussion of institutional review boards and potential challenges qualitative researchers may face when presenting human subjects research proposals to these boards for approval. In particular, they focus on issues of consent and reciprocity with Indigenous populations, whose culture and traditions might be quite different from those review boards typically see. After presenting these issues, the authors close with a framework that can be used as a guide for ethical considerations in research with Indigenous peoples.