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By Elie Mystal
Supreme Court could decide where Native American foster kids in Michigan live
“It’s causing a lot of confusion, and tribal communities feel as if rights are being taken away from them,” Kate Fort said.
If the act is found unconstitutional, this could enable other groups to question more of tribal communities’ sovereignty because they would be designated as a racial group, not a political entity, Fort said. This is especially problematic because not everyone who lives in a tribal community is racially Native.
“Tribal sovereignty exists whether or not the Supreme Court recognizes it,” Fort said. “If the ruling is overturned, the trust between tribes and the U.S. government will be eroded.” READ