Equal Rights versus Tribal Sovereignty (Independent Supremacy)
America’s Greatest Challenge to Protect the Civil Rights of all Citizens
How the world’s richest are exploiting the poorest to control land, steal resource wealth, take away rights, and destroy the Republic
Decades after landmark court decisions and acts of Congress secured equal rights for American citizens, we still hear cries for civil rights, human rights, gay rights, immigration rights, indigenous peoples’ rights, treaty rights, and the rights of “sovereign” American Indian tribes. Where is Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. when we need him? How would his dreams for equality and equal rights square with today’s hyper-emphasis on racial and ethnic identities, on differences rather than commonalities? Isn’t the trend towards special and unequal rights an affront to Dr. King’s dreams of colorblindness, minimizing differences, and equal opportunity?
With 568 federally recognized Indian tribes—on a list that’s still growing— modern government-centered tribal sovereignty, with its related politics and legal agendas, emphasizes apartness, separatism, and ever-expanding tribal jurisdiction. The U.S. Constitution doesn’t apply to Indians in legal Indian country (reservations and trust lands.)
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