University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: John E. Echohawk

A History of Government Policies – Volume 55 – Issue 3

By: John E. Echohawk

Domestic Dependent Nations In 1831, the U.S. Supreme Court held that an Indian nation was not a foreign nation but rather a domestic dependent nation under the jurisdiction of the federal government. The Cherokee Nation had sought to sue the state of Georgia in the Supreme Court under the Court’s jurisdiction to hear cases between […]

Understanding Tribal Sovereignty: The Native American Rights Fund

By: John E. Echohawk

One of the most difficult problems that Native Americans face is the lack of public knowledge about Native American legal and political status. Most Americans know about Indian treaties, but do not realize that treaties are made between nations and that Indian tribes are sovereign nations. They do not understand that these treaties are not […]