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Native Sovereignty Activities

Sovereignty, as it pertains to tribes living in the areas that are now the United States, means that each tribe has authority over itself and the territories which belong to that tribe. Tribal members are considered dual-citizens of both their Native Nation, and the United States. Native sovereignty can be a complicated issue and continues to be decided in the legal courts of the United States today. Many of these legal battles have to do with the honoring and abiding of the treaties and agreements made between the United States and Native Nations.


We Shall Remain Videos and Resources

In conjunction with the national PBS broadcast of the American Experience series We Shall Remain, offers a powerful perspective on the American Indian tribes of the Great Basin region now known as Utah. Produced in collaboration with the five principle nations of the Great Basin: the Ute, Paiute, Northwestern Shoshone, Goshute, and Navajo tribes.

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Native Sovereignty Activity

The history of Native sovereignty in the US is long, difficult, and complicated. This activity and its resources can help begin to better understand this difficult history and the shortcomings of the United States' involvement.

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Investigate Modern Issues

As sovereign states within the United States, the many tribes of our country have many modern issues and concerns that need to be addressed. Using current Native news sources, have your students discover more about these issues and how Utah and the US government impact Native Nations.

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