Sovereignty

October 25, 2011
By:
Steve Russell

After multiple recounts and one court-ordered do-over, Bill John Baker has defeated incumbent Chad Smith to become the new Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

October 22, 2011
By:
Chloe Thompson

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been intruding on tribal sovereignty for several years, by asserting authority over businesses owned and operated by tribal governments, including those located on reservations. And it's poised to strike yet another blow.

October 14, 2011
By:
Cedric Sunray

A few weeks ago, I read the following paragraph in an NPR article about the Cherokee Freedmen:

"This is not a club; you can't just claim to be Cherokee and show up and be included," says Cara Cowan Watts, a vocal member of the Cherokees' tribal council.

October 11, 2011
By:
Kimberly Horton

The Cherokee Nation based out of Tahlequah, Oklahoma has decided to strip “Freedmen” of their Cherokee rights and to expel them from their nation. Freedmen are African American descendants of slaves.

October 05, 2011
By:
Steve Russell

Like most Indians who give thought to our relationship with the United States, I dream of Indian treaties as sacred promises or, at least, what the Constitution says in so many words: “all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of

October 05, 2011
By:
Thomas Jensen

The budgetary hard times that are facing the federal government and states can create a favorable environment for Indian tribal governments.

September 30, 2011
By:
Steven T. Newcomb

It is typical to refer to our respective nations and peoples as being "in" Canada or "in" the United States and therefore as being deemed subject to the jurisdictions of those two political constructs called "states" in international law.

September 21, 2011
By:
Bo Mazzetti

States and governors just can’t seem to control themselves; they cannot keep their hands out of tribal pockets. The concept that tribal governments have rights and financial needs has eluded them for so long they have become accustomed to ignoring them.

August 29, 2011
By:
Peter d'Errico

We've all heard references to the 'special rights' of American Indians. Sometimes, it's an affirmation of Indian nationhood; other times, it's an attack on Indian sovereignty.

August 04, 2011
By:
Gyasi Ross and Michael O. Finley

The time has come to make meaningful change. Native women need to be protected from the sexual predators who repeatedly victimize them, without consequence or repercussion.

July 25, 2011
By:
Cedric Cromwell

As Chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, I am charged with assisting my people to recover from nearly four centuries of colonization and neglect. The Wampanoag Nation entered into a treaty with the colonists in 1621.

July 19, 2011
By:
Steven T. Newcomb

For many thousands of years, our indigenous ancestors lived free and independent of Christian European domination.

July 13, 2011
By:
Harold A. Monteau

The Tribal Human Resource Department (HR) of a Theoretical Tribe advertises in nation-wide media and on its website that the position of Chief Judge is open and solicits application from qualified candidates.

July 03, 2011
By:
Marge Anderson

I often think about the big-picture ideas that would help tribal governments address the small-picture details more efficiently.

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