Sovereignty from the Indigenous Perspective

"At least four times - in 1670, 1870, 1898, and 1912 - Eeyou Astchee, our traditional lands and waters, have changed status, purportedly, transferred between kings as gifts, or deeded between colonial companies and governments, all without our knowledge, and certainly without our consent. It has always been assumed that we the James Bay Crees, the actual owners and occupants, simply passed with the land, without voice, without the right to determine or even know what was being done with us."

From Sovereign Injustice
by the Grand Council of the Crees

Department of Justice Policy on Indian Sovereignty and Government-to-Government Relations with Indian Tribes
Sovereign Injustice, Grand Council of the Crees
Roles of Non-Hawaiians in the Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement, a Ph.D. thesis by Anthony Castanha
American Indian Sovereignty: Now You See It, Now You Don't, by Peter d'Errico
The James Bay Cree and Whitemen in the 20th Century
Resuming Self-Government in Indian Country:
From Imposed Government to Self-Rule Inside and Outside the United States of America, Rudolph C. Ryser
State Craft, Nations and Sharing Governmental Power, Rudolph C. Ryser
Indian Self-Government Process Evaluation Project: Preliminary Findings
Principal Investigator: Rudolph C. Ryser, Center for World Indigenous Studies
Tribal Governments: What will they look like in the year 2010?
Ojibwe Tribal Members from Keweenah Bay, Michigan Seeking Help Against Oppression
A Declaration of Sovereignty by the Chilcotin Nation
A Declaration of Sovereignty by the Lakota Nation for the lands granted them in
the Fort Laramie Treaty and
A Declaration of Sovereignty by the Lakota Nation: Interpretation of Jurisdictional Grounds
A Declaration of Sovereignty by the Neskainlith Indian Government
Alaska Native sovereignty resources from the University of Alaska
Status and Needs of Unrecognized and Terminated California Indian Tribes in California
Indian-Rule: A Problem of History by Selma Thomas (Video)
After centuries of struggle, the Indians of North America own less than 2% of the land first settled by their ancestors.
Straight Talk on Hawaiian Sovereignty by P. K. Laenui, Director,
Institute for the Advancement of Hawaiian Affairs "Hawaiian sovereignty" Those words are on the lips of people from across our community. They may be whispered or shouted, the contents of prayers, poetry and prophecies, themes in songs and speeches, lectures and sermons. The call for Hawaiian sovereignty is unavoidable in Hawaii today. It will not be silenced. It will not slip quietly away. It is here to stay.
Hawaiian Sovereignty (a historical approach) by Poka Laenui
The above two items are from Perspectives on Hawaiian Sovereignty
Kingdom of Hawai'i, Reinstatement and Recognition

Books Available for Purchase

After the Trail of Tears: The Cherokees' Struggle for Sovereignty, 1839-1880
William G. McLoughlin, Univ. N. Carolina Pr.
American Indian Sovereignty and the U.S. Supreme Court: The Making of Justice,
David E. Wilkins, Univ. Texas Pr.
The Nations Within: The Past and Future of American Indian Sovereignty,
Clifford M. Lytle, Vine Deloria Jr., Univ. Texas Pr.
Exiled in the Land of the Free: Democracy, Indian Nations & the U.S. Constitution,
Oren Lyons, John Mohawk, Vine Deloria Jr., Laurence Hauptman, Donald Grinde, Jr., Howard Berman, Curtis Berkey, Robert Venables, Clear Light.
Behind the Trail of Broken Treaties: An Indian Declaration of Independence,
Vine Deloria Jr., Univ. Texas Pr.
American Indian Tribal Governments (Civilization of the American Indian Series, Vol 192),
Sharon O'Brien, Univ. Oklahoma Pr.
An Assumption of Sovereignty: Social and Political Transformation Among the Florida Seminoles, 1953-1979,
Harry A. Kersey, Jr., Univ. Nebraska Pr.
Crow Dog's Case: American Indian Sovereignty, Tribal Law, and United States Law in the Nineteenth Century,
Sidney L. Harring, Naih Harring, Cambridge Univ. Pr.
Defending the Land: Sovereignty and Forest Life in James Bay Cree Society,
Ronald Niezen, Allyn & Bacon.
Indian Reservations in the United States: Territory, Sovereignty, and Socioeconomic Change,
Klaus Frantz, Univ. Chicago Pr.
The Politics of Hallowed Ground: Wounded Knee and the Struggle for Indian Sovereignty,
Mario Gonzalez, Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, Univ. Illinois Pr.

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