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Cherokee Nation 99 constitution incorporated older ideas

Cherokee Nation '99 Constitution Incorporated Older Ideas

Before the Cherokee Nation 1999 Constitution was ratified by voters in 2003 and recognized by the federal government in 2006, the tribe was governed under different laws that required extensive input and oversight by Cherokees when they decided to rewrite the document in 1995. Under the 1975…

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Indigenize the Internet: How to close the digital divide by respecting tribal sovereignty by Darrah Blackwater

Broadband internet and the tools necessary to access it are critical for economic development, education and employment opportunities, and public health and safety for tribal nations and their citizens. Broadband internet is an essential utility, especially during this global pandemic, which is…

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Constitution proposed for Cherokee

Constitution proposed for Cherokee

Cherokee voters will have the chance to give their nation a long-awaited constitution if Tribal Council approves a referendum question proposed for the September ballot.  “Right now we don’t have a constitution. We have a charter, and a charter is for an organization, a corporation or something of…

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Tsawwassen First Nation Constitution

Tsawwassen First Nation Constitution

Location: British Columbia, Canada Population: 328 Date of Constitution: 2007, as amended 2009

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Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Constitution

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Constitution

Location: Spans border between New York and Canada  Population: 2700  Date of Constitution: 1995   

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Skokomish Indian Tribe Constitution

Skokomish Indian Tribe Constitution

Location: Washington State  Population: 489  Date of Constitution: 1938, as amended in 1980   

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Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Constitution

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Constitution

Location: Upper Peninsula of Michigan  Population: 40,000  Date of Constitution: 1975 

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Poarch Band of Creek Indians Constitution

Poarch Band of Creek Indians Constitution

Location: Alabama  Population: 2300  Date of Constitution: 1985, as amended 1997, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 

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Nez Perce Tribe Constitution

Nez Perce Tribe Constitution

Location: Idaho  Population: 3500  Date of Constitution: 1948, as amended 1961, 1983, 1986, 1988, and 1999. 

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Pueblo of Laguna Constitution

Pueblo of Laguna Constitution

Location: New Mexico  Population: 3600  Date of Constitution: 1958 

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Native Tribe of Koyukuk Constitution

Native Tribe of Koyukuk Constitution

Location: In the western central portion of Alaska Population: 95 Date of Constitution: 1992, as amended 1994

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Kialegee Tribal Town Constitution

Kialegee Tribal Town Constitution

Location: Near city of Wetumka in central Oklahoma Population: 700 Date of Constitution: 1941 Date of Constitution: Originally part of Muscogee (Creek) Nation

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Key First Nation Constitution

Key First Nation Constitution

Location: Saskatechewan, Canada Population: 1114 Date of Constitution: 2004

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Kaw Nation Constitution

Kaw Nation Constitution

Location: North central Okahoma Population: 3,126 Date of Constitution: 2011

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Huu-ay-aht First Nations Constitution

Huu-ay-aht First Nations Constitution

Location: British Columbia, Canada Population: 684 Date of Constitution: 2007

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Native Tribe of Huslia Constitution

Native Tribe of Huslia Constitution

Location: in the western portion of Alaska Population: 315 Date of Constitution: 1992, as amended 1995

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Gitanyow Nation Constitution

Gitanyow Nation Constitution

Location: British Columbia Population: 802 Date of Constitution: 2009

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Crow Tribe Constitution

Crow Tribe Constitution

Location: Montana Population: 12,000 Date of Constitution: 2001 Preamble: We, the adult members of the Crow Tribe of Indians located on the Crow Indian  Reservation as established by the Fort Laramie Treaties of 1851 and 1868, in an effort to enforce and exercise our treaty rights, our inherent…

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Comanche Nation Constitution

Comanche Nation Constitution

The Comanche Nation is located in Oklahoma with a population of 14,700 people. The constitution was enacted in 1966, and amended in 1976, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1994, and 2002. PREAMBLE: Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, we, the members of the Comanche Nation with faith in the purposes…

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Cherokee Nation Constitution

Cherokee Nation Constitution

Cherokee Nation is spread across 14 counties in northeastern Oklahoma with a population of 300,000 people. The constitution was enacted in 2003. Cherokee Nation allows citizens who live outside the territory to vote in elections and be represented on the council. Preamble: We, the People of the…