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For far too long we have been conditioned to seemingly accept the idea that Indian nations are subject to the political and legal jurisdiction of the United States and Canada. We have not spent much time at all developing the viewpoint that originally free Indian nations are still rightfully free and that those two political constructs of European origin are in and on Turtle Island. To even express such an idea seems mad because of the ingrained conditioning we have received from a very young age that we as Indigenous nations and peoples are unquestioningly subject to the dictates of dominating societies.

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Steven Newcomb, Shawnee/Lenape, is co-founder and co-director of the Indigenous Law Institute, author of Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery(Fulcrum, 2008), and a columnist for Indian Country Today Media Network.
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Great Turtle Island Respectfully, I think he means that [CANADA, UNITED STATES, MEXICO, CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA] are all within the legal/lawful jurisdictional limits of the original sovereign indigenous nations of the Great Turtle Island. But this is old news, most of us already know this. Actually when you look at our creation stories, we are all on the Great Turtle Island, and over time the Turtle shell/land masses have shifted-split and are now spread out throughout the world,....and this is one way to look at how we are all related, and can learn from our elders about the many stories of creation and then be able to pass these oral traditions down to our children so that they will share them with their children and so on how we are all connected to one another. And we do have the right to free ourselves from the oppressors, it is in the [INDIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT] where if in any manner we are deprived of our rights to tribal , or other property, then we do not have to be [U.S.CITIZENS], and here is where we can rescind the number that was attached to our name at birth without our consent, and we have done this and reclaimed our inheritance to the country of our national origin. You can do this as well, you do have that right and option. And by the "Two Row"the supreme law of the Great Turtle Island we can acknowledge our friends-and-allies and live side-by-side with them in peace. Nvwatohiyadv Peace To All Our Relations www.unitednationsofturtleisland.com e-mail: admin@unitednationsofturtleisland.com