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Links 1 through 4 of 4 by Latoya Peterson tagged sovereignty

"To Smith, this key issue is sovereignty - who gets to define tribal identity.

"'The real question to me is who makes that decision: the federal courts, the United States government or the Cherokee people,' Smith said. 'That is the most inherent right of sovereignty.'

"But Velie said it is a matter of illegal discrimination.

"'It is inconceivable and painfully ironic that at a time of the first black president of the United States of America that there is a place in our society that a government has legislated its people who derive their citizenship based (from) former slaves cannot run for office, cannot vote, cannot receive the same equal rights as the majority,' Velie said."

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"[T]he British consulate informed the team that it would only issue visas to the team upon receiving written assurance from the United States government that the Iroquois had been granted clearance to travel on their own documents and would be allowed back into the United States. Neither the State Department nor the Department of Homeland Security would offer any such promise.

“'Lacrosse is our game — we are the originators, we invented the game, there are 60 countries that play our game,' said Denise Waterman, a member of the team’s board of directors. 'And now we can’t go to a tournament that’s honoring our game? It’s almost unbelievable that this is happening.'”

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"The altered bill, approved by the House in February, would have recognized the Hawaiian governing council as 'an Indian tribe.' Much of what that entailed was 'unsuited for the state of Hawaii' and 'will certainly engender new disputes over the status of much of the land in Hawaii,' objected Hawaii Attorney General Mark Bennett."

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"The Supreme Court has essentially declared Indian tribes to be nothing more than glorified country clubs, with their authority “confined to managing tribal land, protect[ing] tribal self-government, and control[ling] internal relations.”"

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