National Congress of American Indians stands strong against efforts to erode tribal sovereignty
July 24, 2020
The nation's largest inter-tribal advocacy organization is diving into controversy over the U.S. Supreme Court decision that affirmed the treaty rights of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, vowing to oppose legislation aimed at undermining the historic victory.
In a statement on Thursday, the National Congress of American Indians acknowledged efforts on Capitol Hill to "disestablish or terminate" reservations in Oklahoma following the landmark win in McGirt v. Oklahoma. But the organization said it would "aggressively oppose this baseless action."
"NCAI’s mission is to fully protect and support the sovereignty of every tribal government across the country," the short yet pointed statement read. "As such, we will strongly oppose any and all legislation that diminishes the sovereignty, jurisdiction, or treaty rights of tribal nations that are affirmed in the United States Constitution, statutes, and judicial opinions, including in the Supreme Court’s historic McGirt decision."