Tribal nations : the story of federal Indian law

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  • Alaska tribes have journeyed on a unique path in the settlement of their aboriginal claims. This 55 minute documentary beautifully illustrates the history of that path and the impacts of federal laws and policies on Alaska Native people. It covers the political and legal history of the tribes from the Russian presence in Alaska, the sale of Alaska to the United States in 1867, the early acts and cases that established the federal trust responsibility for Alaska Native people, and the build up to the passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) in 1971. The film captures what ANCSA accomplished and the issues left unresolved; the Native way of life called 'subsistence'and the status of Alaska tribes and their jurisdiction.
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