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By Keith Richotte Jr.

In an auditorium in Belcourt, North Dakota, on a cold October day in 1932, Robert Bruce and his fellow tribal voters held the political destiny of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of their arms. Bruce, and the others, have been requested to undertake a tribal structure, yet he used to be unsatisfied with the rfile, because it constrained tribal governmental authority. although, white gurus advised the tribal state that the proposed structure was once an important step in bringing a lawsuit opposed to the government over a long-standing land dispute. Bruce's selection, and the alternative of his fellow electorate, has formed tribal governance at the reservation ever seeing that that fateful day.

In this ebook, Keith Richotte Jr. bargains a severe exam of 1 tribal nation's determination to undertake a structure. by way of asking why the electorate of Turtle Mountain voted to undertake the rfile regardless of perceived flaws, he confronts assumptions approximately how tribal constitutions got here to be, reexamines the prestige of tribal governments within the current, and gives a clean set of questions as we glance to the way forward for governance in local the USA and beyond.

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