Sovereignty is a legal term for a fundamental yet complex political agreement – meaning to have the authority to self-govern. Organizations must understand that treaties, sovereign agreements, and treaty adjustment laws provide for ongoing inherent rights through providing services that are critical to the survival of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) nations. There may be federal policy about tribal sovereignty, but making it a priority and putting tribal sovereignty at the forefront during decision making and program implementation is often a challenge for non-Tribal organizations.


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