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Native Sovereignty, Owning Land and Law

By Marisa Wojcik, Here & Now – PBS Wisconsin
Why are there so many non-tribal homeowners on the Lac du Flambeau reservation? Part of the answer goes back more than a century when in 1887, the federal Dawes General Allotment Act carved up Indigenous land for individual ownership. Marisa Wojcik speaks with Richard Monette, a UW-Madison professor of law and director of the Great Lakes Indigenous Law Center.

University of Wisconsin Law School professor Richard Monette explains how the legacy of federal policy toward Indigenous lands shaped a Lac du Flambeau tribal government dispute with property owners.