There are several issues that the Native Americans and the federal government need to discuss. The one that comes to mind is their land.
It all started back when IRA (Indian Reorganization Act), legislation passed in 1934 in the United States in an attempt to secure new rights for Native Americans on reservations. Its main provisions were to restore to Native Americans management of their assets (mostly land); to prevent further depletion of reservation resources; to build a sound economic foundation for the of the reservations; and to return to the Native Americans local self-government on a tribal basis. The objectives of the bill were vigorously pursued until the outbreak of World War II. Although the act is still in effect, many Native Americans question its supposed purpose of gradual assimilation; their opposition reflects their efforts to reduce federal condescension in the treatment of Native Americans and their cultures. (Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed.)
In the Indian Country Today article the state originally sued the interior to try to get a court to find that the department had no legal authority to place land into trust because the tribe was not recognized in 1934. The Native Americans believe that the government is not working to help them secure their land. The federal and tribal lawyers had argued that the IRA is applicable to all tribes, including those recognized in 1934 and those recognized in ensuing years. (Indian Country Today, 2009)
The Supreme Court has gained more conservative members in recent years, it has intended to clamp down on tribal rights, lawyers have said. (Indian Country Today, 2009)
I believe that no-matter when the IRA Act was passed, that the Native Americans should still have the same rights as the ones who were there in 1934. That the Supreme Court should stick to their word, where Native Americans are concerned. To stop trying to hold the Native...