Still Not Enough

The relationship between tribes and the federal government is unlike that of any other group of people. The history between the two has severely hindered tribal sovereignty and way of life. Federal Indian policy has swung back and forth for and against tribal self-determination, but always with the goal of assimilation. Due to a series of Supreme Court jurisprudence and Congressional legislation, tribes are designated as domestic dependent nations with Congress holding plenary power over Indian affairs. Tribal sovereignty is also severely hindered by jurisdictional limitations put in place by the federal government and as a result of such federal…

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