this is another subject that draws much attention and controversy .... but it is one that needs to be addressed. Our tribal gov'ts obviously are not set up to deal with the everyday problems of those on reservations .... this is the obvious problem .... 2 major reasons why it does not work .... 1st .... our tribal gov'ts are modeled after dominant societies way of doing things .... and at the risk of pissing off alot of readers .... the european way of doing things and the indian way of doing things are at opposite ends of the spectrum.... notice the title of this thread....DECOLONIZATION.... we need to , as tanahansi Dakod said... return to more traditional ways of governing .... it worked for our ancestors before dominant society, and it can work again .... 2nd.... when tribal elections are held.... THE PEOPLE.... must go out and vote.... turn out has always been a problem and turn out to vote is low. Half the time those running for council seats are known to be "bed fellows" with higher ups in dominant societies gov't.
as for a non violent approach .... we need to fix this problem from with in ... then stand up....kick the FBI and BIA off tribal lands and deal with our problems as Nations seperate from dominant society.. maybe not as militant as some would like to hear, but hey.... the first line of attack is destroy the infrastructure ..... wasicu has thier hands deep in indian affairs....it is time we cut the hand from the wrist ....hoka hey
At the same time that we are building peaceful clan and tribal parallel systems of governance, we should also be building the capability to defend ourselves and respond to emergencies. I think we can designate warrior leaders at the clan and tribe level (whatever level, really) who can see to the organization of defense and emergency response. I think this could be pretty informal. Going hunting together builds stalking skills and marksmanship. My mom's tribe simply calls together all able bodied men along with their weapons for review by the war chief. It's largely ceremonial, but the purpose is not lost; at one point we had to defend ourselves, and eventually we'll only have ourselves to see to the defense of our homelands and people. We'll outlive the US and what limited protection they provide.
The Mormons, who are pretty dammed tribal in their own way, have ingrained in their culture that each household stock up on emergency food, water and supplies. I can envision families and clans building up their own emergency supplies and capabilities.
As to kicking the FBI, BIA, phony tribal governments and the Feds in general out of Indian Country.... don't count on those entities giving up power peacefully. The overall strategy we should employ here is to build our counter institutions of clan and family so strong that these entities are no longer necessary. This would allow most communities and clans to insulate themselves from these entities and their influence. They will still likely stick their noses in our business anyway. When we are at this stage we will have to start thinking critically about how far we are willing to be pushed. In a completely hypothetical, education purposes only discussion, I'd say that we have plenty of models to look to for how to bring down empires. The one that we should draw the most inspiration from is our own history of resistance against the US Empire. From the first battles in the East to the Plains Wars we have largely employed hit and run campaigns; guerrilla warfare.
All of this should be thought of in the broader context of what is going on across the US Nation. Out of control debt, unaffordable wars of imperialism, increased militarization of police forces at home, loss of liberty, economic turmoil, all of these things paint a bleak picture for the US Government. So I think that its not a question of whether or not we should start down the rode to true tribal sovereignty, is a question of whether or not we want our people to survive the next 50-100 years.