Federally recognized tribes should brace for possible termination policy under Trump

Not to be taken lightly.

Alaska Indigenous

Whether we like it or not, Saglutupiaġataq (“the compulsive liar” in Iñupiatun) is now president of the United States and Republicans control Congress. Federally recognized Alaska Native and American Indian tribes should brace for the worst, including the possibility that Congress may move to terminate federally recognized tribes.

The termination era of 1953 to 1968 involved Congress stripping tribes of their lands and criminal jurisdiction. The policy was thinly disguised as an attempt to lift American Indians and Alaska Natives out of poverty by assimilating them into mainstream society. However the real goal was to privatize and ransack American Indian and Alaska Native lands.

From the American Indian Relief Council:

From 1953-1964 109 tribes were terminated and federal responsibility and jurisdiction was turned over to state governments. Approximately 2,500,000 acres of trust land was removed from protected status and 12,000 Native Americans lost tribal affiliation. The lands were sold to non-Indians the tribes lost…

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4 thoughts on “Federally recognized tribes should brace for possible termination policy under Trump”

  1. Wow, this is upsetting and yet entirely unsurprising. The trick seems to be to balance awareness of the apparently coming storm with maintenance of strength and sanity. I wish I knew how to do that (not to mention my probable lack of current strength and sanity, for starters … )

    Do you have any more information on hand on the termination era? I’m ashamed to say I’ve never learned of it.

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