Sovereign Still From the Forest to the Plains

Authors: Stumpff, Linda Moon

Disciplines: Environmental Studies, Political Science and Public Administration

Themes: Activism, Economic Development, Land, Self Determination and Self Governance, Treaty Rights and Sovereignty

Tribes: Confederated Tribes of Salish Kootenai

This case chronicles the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes' success in implementing a policy to maintain administrative authority over their lands and natural resources. Set in the early period of the self-determination era, the Tribes confront federal policy to establish their own forestry and wildlife management plan. Their actions honor their culture while developing sustainable plans for their natural resources. The decision of the Tribal government in this case opens the way for broader land and natural resource management strategies for the future.