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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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HONORING NATIONS ALL-STARS PROFILE: Constitutional Reform Citizen Potawatomi Nation

Honoring Nations All-Stars Profile: Constitutional Reform Citizen Potawatomi Nation

Forced relocations, loss of lands, and the economic necessity of moving away from home and community are common histories in Indian Country. Yet, despite these tragic circumstances, tribes continue to assert their sovereignty in order to improve the lives of their people. One of these remarkable…

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Nez Perce Tribe: Legislative Functions Excerpt

Nez Perce Tribe: Legislative Functions Excerpt

ARTICLE VIII POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE NEZ PERCE TRIBAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE  Section 1. The NPTEC shall have the following powers, to be exercised in accordance with this Constitution and with the applicable statutes of the United States. (A) To represent the Tribe in negotiations with federal,…

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Rosebud Sioux Tribe: Legislative Functions Excerpt

Rosebud Sioux Tribe: Legislative Functions Excerpt

Article IV - Powers of the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council Section 1. Enumerated powers - The Council of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe shall exercise the following powers subject to any limitations imposed by the statutes or the Constitution of the United States, and subject further to all express…

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Structuring Sovereignty Constitutions of Native Nations

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Constitutional Bylaws: Legislative Functions Excerpt

Article II - Ordinances and ResolutionsSection 1. All final decisions of the Council on matters of general and permanent interest to the members of the Confederated Tribes shall be embodied in ordinances. Such ordinances shall be published from time to time for the information and education of the…

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Muscogee (Creek) Nation: Legislative Functions Excerpt

Muscogee (Creek) Nation: Legislative Functions Excerpt

ARTICLE VI - [Legislative Branch]Section 6. (a)  Every bill which shall have passed the Muscogee (Creek) National Council, before it becomes ordinance, shall be presented to the Principal Chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. If he approves, he shall sign it; but, if not, he shall return it with…