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Trump administration argues against tribal sovereignty in Supreme Court case


November 28, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Trump administration's disjointed treatment of Indian Country was on full display in the nation's capital on Tuesday as Native American Heritage Month came to a close.

At a U.S. Supreme Court hearing in the morning, a senior attorney from the Department of Justice argued that the so-called Five Civilized Tribes lost their sovereignty when Oklahoma became a state. According to Deputy Solicitor General Edwin Kneedler, Congress took away their status as "independent nations" by transferring their powers to another government.


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