Indian Pride: Ep. 2: Treaties and Sovereignty: Part 1

Melissa Zobel of the Mohegan Tribe in Connecticut describes the fight her tribe fought to regain their traditional burial grounds, a 400-year effort that culminated in 1994 with federal recognition.

John Barret, Chairman of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma, talks about how his tribe was denied any land at all. “The only way you can be sovereign is to exercise your sovereignty,” he says, discussing how his tribe fought for recognition from the United States government.

Caleen Sisk-Franko, leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe of California, discusses how “civilized” versus “uncivilized” nomenclature transformed into “recognized” versus “unrecognized” tribes in today’s language. She doesn’t believe federal recognition is the only determination of whether a tribe can exist or not.

Finally, Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana discusses how tribes don’t view sovereignty as something granted by the federal government, but something they had long before the federal government existed.

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Producer

Randy Cadwell, Heidi Erickson, Dave Geck, Travis Jensen, Kak Lee, Chad Spokely, Michael Stromenger, Lee Westad.

Source

Indian Pride, Prairie Public Television. JuniKae Randall & Bob Dambach (Producers); Barbara Gravel (Director).

Grade Level

4 - 12

Subject Matter

Social Studies

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