Now I know that the title of this post will tempt many of you to make some bad joke about getting a table at a restaurant, or getting into a club, or something like that. that’s not the kind of reservation I’m talking about
What I want to know is this. This will be hard for me to articulate, but I’ll give it a try.
I’ve something to the effect that Indian reservations are actually sovereign nations. Is this true?
I’ve also heard that there a lot of treaties signed with the US which is why they can’t always do whatever they want on their own land. For example, here in Oregon, we have a casino called Spirit Mountain, which is on land owned by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Rond. They aren’t allowed to serve alcohol in the casino area, only in the lounge or restaurant areas. This is a state regulation.
Hell, opening the casino took a lot of negotiation between the tribes and the state government, which, since the casino is on Indian land, why would they need state approval for anything if the land isn’t technically US soil?
Also, I remember the story about Indians in, Texas I think it was, who opened up a cigarette shop on their own land to sell cigarettes without charging a state sales tax, only to have the police come in and arrest them all. How could cops have authority in what I’ve heard is technically foreign territory?
So as you can see, this is all confusing, so doesn’t anybody here know what kind of relationship exists between reservations and the US? Or at least, do any of you know a good web site/book/magazine, or something else that contains good information? Thanks.