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Alaska AG's Letter Brings Tribes, State Eye-To-Eye

By Andrew Westney (October 24, 2017, 9:39 PM EDT) -- A recent legal opinion letter from Alaska's attorney general marks a turning point for tribes in their relationship with the state by firmly recognizing the sovereignty of tribal governments in Alaska and backing a promise by Gov. Bill Walker to work more closely with tribes.

Alaska Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth's Oct. 19 opinion letter to Walker recognized that there are scores of tribes in the state that possess inherent sovereignty, and that while the limits of tribal authority aren't always clear, they have the power to establish their chosen form of government, decide who belongs in the tribe, assert sovereign immunity...

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