WASHINGTON – Indian Country made huge strides toward flexing its sovereign authority during President Barack Obama’s first term but it still has a long way to go, the president of the National Congress of American Indians said Thursday. President Jefferson Keel, in his annual State of Indian Nations address, touted the economic and political strength of Native nations but said further action is needed to assure tribal autonomy. “Today, more tribes are managing resources instead of managing poverty programs,” Keel said. “I am convinced, now more than ever, that we must protect and strengthen tribal sovereignty.”

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