The United States Constitution clearly states that First Nations tribes are a recognized political entity of the nation. Yet, tribes are the only such political entity that has no structural representation in Congress. Though Natives account for 2% of the United States population, there isn’t one elected official that is tasked with representing native interest and tackling the harmful policies that have existed for centuries.
The Red Road firmly believes that until a tribe has the power to protect its own people, it cannot be considered a sovereign nation. Though viewed as self-governing, Tribes generally have their hands tied when it comes to policing crimes on their own land. We are working with several organizations lobbying for Native American representation in Congress in hopes that once achieved, federal policy that is harmful to First People can be looked at more closely.