Evening briefs in Indian Country
April 28, 2021
Alaska legislators consider state recognition of tribes
Tribes exist and have the right to make their own laws and live by them. So say the U.S. Constitution and countless laws, regulations, and programs that fund tribes to exercise self-governance and tribal sovereignty.
Getting the state of Alaska to acknowledge that is the intent of a bill moving through the state legislature.
The legislation would require state recognition of the long-standing legal status of Alaska’s 229 federally recognized tribes and wouldn’t affect how tribal governments work.