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Nations Within: The Conflict of Native American Sovereignty
Last Featured: 6/17/2002

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More than five hundred years after Columbus arrived in the “New World,” Americans remain divided about the status and rights of indigenous peoples. Indian tribes are nations within a nation, and conflicts over sovereignty arise over everything from tribal recognition to land and water rights to taxation. Perhaps the most visible contemporary struggle has been over gaming. Tribes across the US have built casinos to bring economic independence and break the cycle of poverty on Indian reservations. But, the casinos are also raising legal questions and creating a backlash. This debate explores the meaning of Indian Country in the new Millenium. This program was recorded in Albuquerque with KUNM Radio and the University of New Mexico School of Law.

Tom Gede is the Executive Director of the Conference of Western Attorneys General where he coordinates litigation, legislation and initiative for 18 state AG’s. He was previously a special assistant Attorney General in California where he also served as a senior policy advisor on public rights, natural resources and Indian law. Tom Gede currently teaches federal Indian law at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento.

Kevin Gover served as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs in the US Department of the Interior from 1997 to 2000. In that capacity, he oversaw the operation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the BIA. He is currently a partner at Steptoe and Johnsonwhere he leads the firm’s American Indian practice. A member of the Pawnee tribe, Kevin Gover is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law.

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— Lakota Two Hawks grandfather

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