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Reestablishing Indian Self-Governance

Neal McCaleb, Ambassador At-Large, Chickasaw Nation

In 1898 tribes were stripped of any right to control their own affairs. Neal McCaleb, Ambassador at Large for the Chickasaw Nation, describes that after a hundred-year fight with Congress, Native Americans' right to govern themselves was finally reestablished.

In 1898 tribes were stripped of any right to control their own affairs.

Explore Reasserting Sovereignty

Richard Nixon pushes for new legislation to recognize tribal nations as self-governing bodies, prompting the Chickasaw Nation's true journey to renaissance.


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