Trahant: Selling democracy to Indian Country
Monday, November 17, 2003

"My great-uncle used to travel around the Northwest and peddle democratic institutions.

During the '30s and '40s, the Roosevelt administration launched a campaign to bring "self-determination" or democracy to American Indian tribal governments across the country. It was considered the next step in "progress" and was authorized by an act of Congress.

George P. Lavatta was given the job of promoting tribal constitutions. He would travel to a reservation in Washington, Idaho or Oregon. Once there he'd reveal a model constitution and try to sell folks on this "better" form of government."

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