This move by tribal principals is appropriate and something I feel all nations should do on the state level.
If after having done so and then gathering themselves as individual nations to address the issues that would ensue if would become easier I think to declare national sovereignty and difficulties that would arise from that would have become known and whatever measures put in pace to mitigate them could serve as a formula.
“The takeover of lands was prompted by an EPA letter to the State, and claims that lack of Tribal participation in “the State’s interests” required the usurpation of Tribal sovereignty. “
Not much of a surprise in this as all issues related to the nations have always been predicated on what was considered in the “best interests” of the state or nation at large.
Nor is the “rescinding” of an executive order – one could say in a very real way an executive order by it’s related association is a defacto treaty, and this treaty like every other one has been abused and or abrogated before the ink dried.
I suspect “negotiations “ will be the next phase in an attempt to reach a “compromise”, if that fails then the iron fist and punitive measures will be the next step.
As far as actual participation in the game of politics the nations are newcomers, the rules and manipulations of the game are of a foreign nature to us. Our understanding and approach is to play fair, to seek not only a level playing field but equity and balance.
Historically this has never been the way of it and I see little reason to believe a governmental epiphany will take place, a scenario that winnows available options.
If as nations we desire sovereignty then our focus must be on achieving it – a focus requiring a concerted effort to wean of ourselves from the government dole and manipulations.
If we haven’t the ability to feed ourselves sovereignty will remain elusive and we cannot ignore the ramifications.
Nearly every aspect of rez life speaks to a dependency – from healthcare to housing, from education to the access others take for granted.
This isn’t a formula lending itself to independence or communal self reliance – it is a stranglehold, a boot on the neck, and in some ways an addiction – any effort to break free of this oppression will require no small amount of sacrifice.
Like the rest of humanity there is no place to go – we cannot flee to Canada as Sitting Bull did and the Nez Perce attempted even if we wanted to, and if we did it would be like jumping from the frying pan into the fire.
There are no earth like planets to colonize, if there were the distances to overcome are insurmountable.
This is it, the here and now, what little we have left isn’t acceptable by any reasoned standard and it is singularly our responsibility and efforts that will effect change.
Change that will not occur if we remain standing in line for commodities with on one eye to the mailbox counting the days to arrival of the next check.
This is our land, our lives, and well past time we started acting like it – past time to assert our sovereignty and begin living as though we actually are sovereign nations composed of a free and independent people.
The second link details the efforts of a small group of homeless people making an effort to provide for themselves, I believe the nations are no less obliged or capable of engaging in the same effort.