You don’t have to watch Disney’s version of a glorified Pocahontas to know the long history of turbulence between Native Americans and the American government. But steps to give back tribal leaders control of their own communities and their laws are advancing in our state Legislature.

    Statutory measures intended to set up a process for tribes to submit a request to the governor to retrocede from state jurisdiction to federal jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters has passed both the House and Senate. The House bill awaits a Rules vote and the Senate bill passed out of a House committee Monday (Feb. 20) with seven yeas and four nays.

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