‘The system was set up to fail’: tribes try to regain control of their land and futures

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/24/native-american-tribal-reform-constitution-montana-blackfeet

The Standing Rock protests symbolized their empowerment struggle, but a quieter push to strengthen tribal governments has been gaining traction for years. It’s Tuesday evening on the Blackfeet Indian reservation, which means time for a shared meal and a strategy session on how to overturn the government. Tribal councilman Joe McKay and a group of like-minded reformers gather at tribal headquarters – over home-cooked roasted pork, chicken, potatoes, salad and bread – to discuss how to convince their fellow Blackfeet Nation members to vote for a new constitution this month. Continue reading…

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