Cultural Sovereignty And Their Own Culture And Community Without Having Someone Decide How They Live

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Cultural Sovereignty in my opinion is the idea that a people can have their own culture and community without having someone decide how they live, the ability of free choice. According to an article by Wenona T. Singel in the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy, “Cultural sovereignty refers to tribes ' efforts to represent their histories and existence using their own terms, and it acknowledges that each Indian nation has its own vision of self-determination as shaped by each tribe 's culture, history, territory, traditions, and practices.” (Singel). For instance, as Vine Deloris Jr. pointed out in Custer Died for Your Sins the termination policy carried out today by a single individual would be considered cold blooded murder but the policy when implemented by the U.S. government was a solution to the perceived Indian problem. (Deloris Jr.) The termination policy is a prime example of the U.S. government overreaching and doing something that should never have occurred just to keep the indigenous Indian tribes down. Cultural sovereignty simply means that Native American tribes deserve the right to speak for themselves and conduct themselves how they choose, just like the rest of us. In the 1823 Supreme Court case of Johnson v. McIntosh John Marshall ruled that Indian nations had no title of the land that they lived and and only had a “right top occupancy”. This ruling is just another way for the U.S. government to have authority over Indian nations. John Marshall concluded

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