“Native Americans Worry Trump Supreme Court Pick Threatens Sovereignty
September 07, 2018 1:52 PM, by Cecily Hilleary
Native Americans have expressed concern about President Donald Trump’s pick for Supreme Court justice, Brett Kavanaugh, whose confirmation hearings began this past week in Washington. Many believe that Kavanaugh does not recognize the sovereignty of tribes, which govern themselves as independent nations within the United States.
Tribal nations, through hundreds of treaties with the government, ceded more than half a billion hectares of land in exchange for reservations, services, protections and rights — chief of which was sovereignty, the right to rule themselves and make decisions about how to use their own land.
Their sovereignty, they argue, was recognized by America’s founding fathers and is implicit in the wording of the U.S. Constitution, which gives Congress the power “to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several…
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