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Tim Giago: The growing pains of tribal sovereignty


"One of my recent columns on sovereignty in Indian Country found its way on to the Crow Nation�s tribal email system and prompted some encouraging, but realistic comments.

One commentary drew my immediate attention because since I had worked for the tribal government of the Oglala Sioux Tribe many years ago and having experienced first hand the obstacles often placed in the path of anyone trying to bring about much needed improvements, his sharp comments went directly to the heart of sovereignty.

Also, as the former editor and publisher of a newspaper based on an Indian reservation, one that covered the good, the bad and the ugly of tribal politics and social interplay, my association with tribal governments had a tendency to change every two years when a new administration took office.

My column was intended to point out the big picture on why tribal sovereignty is so important in Indian Country. But there are many smaller factors that can create real problems. The man writing to me will remain anonymous because he does work for the Crow Nation and his job could be jeopardized for speaking his mind."

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Tim Giago: Sovereignty can have its growing pains (The Native American Times 4/10)

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