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.

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