Greetings everyone, and welcome to the Algonquin Woodland Metis Anishinabek Tribe (AWMAT)! Our official recognition confirmation No. is 8843066.
Sovereignty is a legal word for an ordinary concept—the authority to self-govern. Hundreds of treaties, along with the Supreme Court, the President, and Congress, have repeatedly affirmed that tribal nations retain their inherent powers of self-government.
These treaties, executive orders, and laws have created a fundamental contract between tribes and the United States. guarantee of ongoing self-government on their own lands. The treaties and laws create what is known as the federal “trust responsibility,” to protect both tribal lands and tribal self-government, and to provide for federal assistance to ensure the success of tribal communities.
We have and actively maintain the power to determine our own governance structures, pass laws, and enforce laws through police departments and tribal courts. We provide multiple programs and services, including, but not limited to, social programs, first-response services, education, workforce development, and energy and land management.
We also own and operate a diverse set of Tribal enterprises that provide employment for both tribal members and the region. Income from these businesses is used to fund essential community services, such as health care, education, law enforcement, tribal courts, elder assistance, housing, economic development, infrastructure improvements, and provide for the general welfare of the Tribe. This system helps advance the Tribe toward self-determination and self-governance.
Self-government is essential if tribal communities are to continue to protect their unique cultures and identities.
“Indian Nations had always been considered as distinct, independent political communities, retaining their original natural rights, as the undisputed possessors of the soil… The very term “nation” so generally applied to them means ‘a people distinct from others.’” – Chief Justice Marshall, United States Supreme Court
Among our primary goals are to Build an inter-tribal, national public
relations campaign and to Expand Native web presence, including development of a national informational site about Indian Country.
We also strive to facilitate more networking between tribal leaders and Native professional communicators because in partnership with tribes and key Native leaders across the country.
American “Indians” as we are called “walk in two worlds,” we are educated in both the academic sense as well as in cultural and traditional knowledge.