Week 6 Essay

1994 NCAI Convention

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) was founded in 1944 and is considered the oldest representative of American Indian and Alaskan Native organization that serves and advocates for the interests of tribal governments and communities. 

Please review the report on Tribal Nations and the United States: Tribal Governance through time: By the NCAI.org

This essay concerns American Indian sovereignty and territoriality.  As you have seen in the NCAI report, self-governing is crucial to the survival and success of the First Nation people. Below are some articles that examine the history of sovereignty and the debate on whether the United States Congress  should limit or allow sovereignty for tribes in the United States. Each article has to discuss the history and have knowledge of treaties and policies that have been made in the past.  

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You will select one of the articles and your essay will summarize what you learned from the article. In this essay, make sure you discuss what sovereignty means and whether your author approves of sovereignty or not for a tribe residing in the United States. Discuss some of those policies or treaties you discovered in the articles. Also discuss what issues the First Nations deal with in having the ability to self-govern.  Also add one paragraph discussing your view on American Indian sovereignty.   

Post your main statement by Friday night and reply to at least two classmates by Sunday night.

  1. Changing Territoriality, Fading Sovereignty, and the Development of Indigenous Group Rights of Indigenous Group Rights  by Austen L. Parrish
  2. INDIAN COUNTRY'S BORDERS: TERRITORIALITY, IMMUNITY,AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY by Katherine Florey
  3. MYTHS AND REALITIES OF TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY: THE LAW AND ECONOMICS OF INDIAN SELF-RULE by Joseph P. Kalt and Joseph William Singe
  4. America's First Nations: The Origins, History and Future of American Indian Sovereignty by John Fredericks III
  5. Sovereignty and Indigenous Peoples in North America by Kent Mcneil
  6. Sovereignty by Sufferance: The Illusion of Indian Tribal Sovereignty by James Casey
  7. AMERICAN INDIAN SOVEREIGNTY: NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON'T by Peter d'Errico



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