Re-Establishing the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate's Reservation Boundaries: Building a Legal Rationale from Current International Law
American Indian Law Review, Vol. 29, p. 239, 2004-2005
28 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2008
This article examines one tribal nation as an example of the many land loss issues facing Tribes at present. Through the example of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate history of treaties, agreements, land cessions, and finally a federal ruling of reservation disestablishment, the policies of the United States regarding Indian lands will be shown. To reestablish the territorial boundaries of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, federal recognition is necessary in the United States. International law principles from the United Nations, the International Labor Organization, and the Organization of American States may provide legal support for the re-recognition of the reservation boundaries.
Keywords: Tribes, Lands, Sovereignty, Indigenous, International Law
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