April 26, 2018 Jay Taber
At the Native Peoples, Native Politics conference, Seneca Nation attorney general Robert Porter noted that the American system of law is intended to control Native people. U.S. District Court Judge Humetewa, Hopi, observed that inherent tribal legal authority has been stripped away by Congress and the Supreme Court.
In May 2017, I wrote in my post The Terminators that termination of Indian tribes as sovereign political entities is endemic in the current presidential administration. Trump’s hostility toward tribal sovereignty is long-standing. As competition to his casinos, and as opponents of his fossil fuel export plans, tribal sovereignty is viewed by Trump as justification for renewing tribal termination as U.S. policy. […]