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The U.S. treats tribes “special” because they are a racial minority

The American democracy promotes equality under the law for all races. The special relationship between Indian tribes and the U.S. Government, however, is not based on race or ethnicity. It is true that Native Americans are minorities within the greater U.S. system, and as American citizens, tribal members have civil rights protections under the U.S. Constitution. Nevertheless, the special benefits and services to Indians are based on an historical and political relationship between the U.S. government and the individual tribal governments known as the trust relationship. See article on this web site entitled, “The Federal-Indian Trust Relationship.”

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