Competent and Capable: Removing Federal Restrictions on Native Americans | Policy Briefs

Imagine a country where the federal government dictates that people are incompetent and incapable. Those words sound out of place in the United States, and yet that is the way the federal government describes American Indians under current federal law. This has prevented American Indians from being able to own land or assets on US reservations without permission and has left them impoverished. Some tribes have been able to have success thanks to negotiations with the government, but why not remove the legislation entirely and allow American Indians to be free?

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Additional Resources:

Watch “Hoover Book Club: Terry Anderson on Renewing Indigenous Economies,” an episode of Hoover Book Club. Available here: https://www.hoover.org/events/hoover-book-club-terry-anderson-renewing-indigenous-economies.

Watch “Original Indigenous Economies,” on PolicyEd. Available here: https://www.policyed.org/indigenous-econ/original-indigenous-economies/video.

Read “Biden's Chance to Renew Native American Reservation Economies,” by Terry Anderson. Available here: https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/mar/1/bidens-chance-to-renew-native-american-reservation.

Read “Fragmented Ownership on American Indian Reservations Limits Gains from Natural Resources,” by Bryan Leonard and Dominic Parker. Available here: https://www.hoover.org/research/fragmented-ownership-american-indian-reservations-limits-gains-natural-resources.

Read “Un-American Reservations,” by Terry Anderson and Dominic Parker. Available here: https://www.hoover.org/research/un-american-reservations.

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