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Structuring Sovereignty: Constitutions of Native Nations

Structuring Sovereignty: Constitutions of Native Nations, part of the Tribal Legal Studies Textbook Series, is designed to serve as a guide to communities engaged in the process of drafting a constitution and to students who are studying that process. For any nation, Indigenous or non-Indigenous, drafting and adopting a constitution is more than a legal process. It is a collective journey of self-discovery and reflection. New governing opportunities, changes in intergovernmental relations, heightened awareness of the importance of culturally legitimate governing institutions, and reforms in international law are generating a wave of constitution writing and constitutional reform among Native nations. This book draws on research, first hand experience with constitution writing and constitutional change, and numerous examples from actual governing documents to demonstrate the many ways that Indigenous nations can structure their sovereignty. (2014)

The following tribal nations post their constitutions on their websites. 

Alabama


Alaska


Arizona


California


Connecticut


Idaho


Indiana


Iowa


Kansas


Louisiana


Maine


Massachusetts


Michigan


Minnesota

 

Mississippi


Montana


Nebraska


Nevada


New Mexico


New York


North Dakota


Oklahoma


Oregon


South Dakota


Texas


Washington


Wisconsin


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