February 1, 1991
Wiener Center for Social Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government
Since the mid-1970's, changes in the American legal and political landscape have allowed American Indian tribes to assert substantial sovereignty powers. Although jurisdictional disputes still rage and areas of federal and state primacy persist, federal, executive and judicial decisions have resulted in a policy of relative self-determination for the Indian reservations. Concomitant with the assertion of sovereignty, a handful of reservations have begun to exhibit sustained economic development. What can explain this?
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