March 1, 1995
Wiener Center for Social Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government

The paper examines the problem-solving capacities of tribal institutions among a number of tribes. Particular attention is paid to two economically successful and developing (non gaming) reservations: the Flathead of Montana and the Cochiti Pueblo of New Mexico. The former is governed via small developed and codified parliament democracy, while the latter operates under a centuries old theocracy. The authors attempt to explain this discrepancy.

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