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Post-Contact Indigenous Governance
March 25, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Join the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters this winter and spring for Roots of Democracy, a series of four online discussions that explore the cultural and philosophical roots of American democracy, from the democratic experiment in ancient Greece to the influence of Indigenous governing systems.
Native systems of governance have faced intense challenges since European explorers first landed on these shores. While the founding fathers took inspiration from Indigenous governments, the relationship between First Nations and the U.S. government has been defined by fundamental conflicts over sovereignty, territory, citizenship, and individual rights. How have Indigenous governments responded to these challenges? What obstacles to full sovereignty still remain in place?