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National Congress of American Indians

By Burrows, John H.

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Book Id: WPLBN0000703204
Format Type: PDF eBook
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Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: National Congress of American Indians  
Author: Burrows, John H.
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, United Nations Publications, Commission on Human Rights
Collections: Center For World Indigenous Studies (CWIS) Collection
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Publisher: Center For World Indigenous Studies (CWIS) and The Fourth World Documentation Project


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Excerpt: Whereas, the Indian people of this continent have recognized and practiced the natural laws given by the Creator for centuries before the arrival of the immigrants; and whereas, the Indian people have recognized the right of all people to live by their own system of laws and have not imposed their laws and beliefs on other people, except where other people allow themselves to come within the boundaries of the reservation and other Indian territory; and whereas, the full exercise of our tribal governmental powers have been eroded and usurped through the Federal administrative process, judicial review by courts and legislative actions enacted by the United States Congress; and whereas, the United States Government has taken less than a firm commitment to honor and respect the inherent right of the Indian people and tribes to live under tribal self government, and this has resulted in the encroachment of tribal sovereignty and jurisdiction by state and local governments; and whereas, tribal governments and the people they represent expect the United States, as trustee, to exhibit a strong commitment to uphold and protect the trust responsibilities into which it has entered in the past, just as they expect the United States to uphold the present agreements, contracts and trust responsibilities entered into by the tribes and the United States; and whereas, among those agreements, the one which tribal governments look today as most important, is the guarantee of unimpaired tribal sovereignty over lands, resources and people within reservation boundaries and outside reservation boundaries, as well as other Indian territories, where reserved for the present or past use of the tribes.


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