Posts Tagged ‘Tribal government’

Low – Pokagon Enrollment

Please close this window to return to previous page. Thinking about membership in an American Indian tribe, I get asked this question a lot from students in classes that I teach. Sometimes they think that anybody can become a member, or that you can pay to become a member or that you can volunteer to [...]

Ojibwa Clan Identity

Please close this window to return to previous page. NARRATOR The cultural identity of Ojibwa individuals was based on the clan of their father which was inherited at birth and remained until death. The clans, or dodems, were viewed as a gift from the Creator that originated in the spirit world and are represented by [...]

Federal and State Recognition

From the time of the establishment of the United States to 1871, the federal government recognized tribes when they signed treaties with them. The U. S. acknowledged that the group that was party to the treaty was a tribe and that the tribe was entitled to protection and support in the form of economic, educational, [...]

Tribal Enrollment

Tribes have the right to determine their own membership. These criteria for enrollment vary from tribe to tribe. In the Midwest, the criteria are based on descendancy, that is, descent from an individual on a particular roll, as well as, in some cases, blood quantum and/or residency of the applicant or his/her parents. Most tribes [...]

Low – Repatriation

Please close this window to return to previous page. We’ve been working with tribal employees, tribal council, to get the inventories that are required by NAGPRA for museums to provide to us, and to go through those, and to try to get ancestors returned to us when possible. Some of those have been formal repatriations. [...]

Nesper – The Meaning of Clans

Please close this window to return to previous page. Clanship among Ojibwa is probably, is becoming more important, I think, for people as an aspect of their social identity. I will hear people say things like, “I’m a Crane Clan member. I got my clan from my father.” When it is time for someone to [...]

Edmunds – Miami Recognition

Please close this window to return to previous page. There are many tribal communities left here in the Midwest, surprising numbers of tribal communities which are not in fact recognized by the federal government. Many of these people are the descendants of tribal people who remained when tribal, when other parts of the tribe were [...]

Low – Pokagon Recognition

Please close this window to return to previous page. The Pokagon Potawatomi Indians, I think, are a typical example of tribes that were historically recognized by the United States government and subsequently disenfranchised and denied their sovereign status. And that can be a very disastrous experience for a community because that tribal identity can be [...]

Low – Potawatomi Clan Identity

Please close this window to return to previous page. Before European contact, clan identity was important. And what I’ve been told from my elders is that the first thing that upon meeting a stranger, they want to know what clan you were from (Anishkadoden). And I was Turtle Clan, I am Turtle Clan. And that [...]

Low – Casino Revenue

Please close this window to return to previous page. So, the economics of Four Winds Casino, New Buffalo has been of great benefit to everybody. It’s been very good for the tribe, it’s also been good for the state and for the local municipalities. The state receives 8 percent of the revenues from our slot [...]