What is tribal sovereignty?

Published on September 30, 2010 by Alice

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Just like states, tribes have attributes of sovereignty to govern, their own territory and internal affairs. The status of tribes as self-governing nations is affirmed and upheld by treaties, case law and the Constitution. Legal scholars explain that tribes are inherently sovereign, meaning they do not trace their exis-tence to the United States.

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