1975 January 4

Native-American Tribal Self-Determination Reaffirmed

 

Congress passed the Native American Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act on this day, which repudiated the policy of tribal termination that began on August 1, 1953. Termination was a policy by which Native-American tribes were dissolved as independent nations, their status before termination. The policy of termination was intended to help Native-Americans assimilate into the mainstream of American life. President Richard Nixon repudiated the tribal termination policy on July 8, 1970.

Learn more: George Castile, To Show Heart: Native American Self-Determination and Federal Indian Policy, 1960–1975 (1998)

Learn more at the Native American Rights Fund: http://www.narf.org/

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