The Encyclopedia Of Human Rights

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Who’s in Charge? The Encyclopedia of Human Rights Issues since 1945, defines sovereignty as the state having complete power to enact legislation regarding “all property, events, institutions, and persons” living inside its borders. The Oxford English Dictionary lists the following definitions of sovereignty that can be used in this context. They are, rule and existing as an independent state and supremacy in respect of power, domination, or rank; supreme dominion, authority, or rule. Inherent in the definition of sovereignty is independence and the ability to make decisions without consultation or being overruled by anyone or entity. In the United States Native American tribes or nations are sovereign. Native Americans retain political…show more content…
Moreover, the film “Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner)” is an illustration of visual sovereignty as well, being the “first Inuit feature-length film.” Raheja writes (Raheja 14). The visual sovereignty is maintained Raheja explains, by the use of indigenous actors who speak the native language, Inuktitut, translated with English captions along with the refusal to edit out scenes of everyday life (Raheja 20). Scenes such as these are considered boring and usually removed from Hollywood movies, Raheja says (Raheja 20). The subject of sovereignty is relevant to Native Americans because, it is a concept that all Native Americans are interested in Michelle H Raheja writes in “Visual Sovereignty, Indigenous Revisions and Atanarjuat.” Sovereignty refers to Native American history that was, in effect, established before contact with Europeans (Raheja 198). Many of the films we have watched this semester illustrate the condition of Native American tribes without their sovereignty being honored. Although “This May Be the Last Time is primarily an example of visual sovereignty, (The Muscogee tell their stories of loss and faith), a scene in the film is an account the Trail of Tears, the story of the Cherokee, who were forced to travel by foot thousands of miles to
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