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Tribes and Nations: The Lumbees’ Frustrated Quest for Federal Recognition

By Martin W. Lewis | April 2, 2010 | 33 Comments

U.S. states and recognized Native American tribes are both quasi-sovereign territorial entities subordinate to the federal government, but they remain fundamentally different kinds of units. Whereas the states together constitute the union and are thus arms of “the state” in the larger sense, tribes are vanquished polities that lost all but a few vestiges of

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