1970: Arkansas Riverbed, Sovereign Lands

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In 1970, a Supreme Court decision established the rights regarding the Arkansas riverbed. The court ruled that the Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Cherokee tribes have full ownership of the beds and bank, as well as sovereign control of the resources.

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1980: Supreme Court Cites Sovereignty

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In this 1980 decision, the Supreme Court cited the 1970 Arkansas riverbed ruling as "uniquely powerful within the context of Federal Indian law."