We all can easily identify the United States as a sovereign nation — a country which has its own land, its own laws and the independent authority to govern its land and people.

Maybe less recognizable, though, is the fact that there are (at least by definition) sovereign nations within the borders of the U.S. These are the nations of the Native Americans, whose ancestors have for centuries called this land home.

Sovereign Nations is a two-part series telling the story of how these nations of the Inland Northwest came to be. The relationships that began forming when fur trappers first came to the Northwest in search of riches affect the way the government and communities interact with Native Americans to this day.

Subjects: Tribal Sovereignty, Inland Northwest Native American Tribes, Tribal Government, Native American Treaties, European Settlers, War, Western Expansion, Native American History, Native American Heritage, Native American Culture

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