Why Native Americans Can Legally Grow Pot
How Far Does Religious Freedom Go?
Starting in the 19th century, the U.S. government began establishing Indian reservations for Native Americans. Native American populations were forcibly moved into these plots of land, as outlined in the Indian Removal Act of 1830.
The legislation established each reservation as a sovereign entity, with limited oversight from the state and federal government. This endows tribal leaders to levy taxes, hold criminal trials, and establish their own governing councils.
Indian reservations do have to pay federal income taxes and, in exchange, the government permits the development of casinos, marijuana farms, and other means of income. Still, the federal government's relationship with Indian reservations continues to evolve. It was only in 1978 when the U.S. officially acknowledged centuries of religious persecution with the passage of the American Indian Religious Freedom Act.
Indian Nations In The United States (ncai.org)
"There are 562 federally recognized Indian Nations ... in the United States. Approximately 229 of these ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse nations are located in Alaska; the rest are located in 33 other states."
Were American Indians the Victims of Genocide? (historynewsnetwork.org)
"The sweeping charge of genocide against the Indians became especially popular during the Vietnam war, when historians opposed to that conflict began drawing parallels between our actions in Southeast Asia and earlier examples of a supposedly ingrained American viciousness toward non-white peoples."
The Map Of Native American Tribes You've Never Seen Before (npr.org)
"As a teenager, Carapella says he could never get his hands on a continental U.S. map like this, depicting more than 600 tribes - many now forgotten and lost to history."