Tim Burke has an interesting post on the problem of trying to incorporate non-scholarly epistemologies into academic discourse. For the non-academics out there, though, this will need a little translating:
The word "epistemology" in this context means something like "way of knowing." Burke is objecting to giving too much deference to non-scholarly ways of knowing or understanding things in academic discourse, not because such ways of knowing are necessarily wrong inferior, but because that courtesy is only afforded to certain groups (in this case, Native Americans), demeaning their ways of knowing by implying that they can't withstand the comparison to other ways of knowing.
Anyway, if you're a non-academic, try struggling through it; it's worth it.