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OKH 6-5

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Oklahoma Academic Standard 6. The student will investigate how post-war social, political, and economic events continued to transform the state of Oklahoma from the 1950s through the present. 

Objective 6.5  Analyze the evolving relationship between state and tribal governments impacting tribal self-determination and control over American Indian lands and resources including issues of jurisdiction, taxation, and gaming.

In a Nutshell

The relationship between the state of Oklahoma and tribal governments has often been strained, yet continues to change over time. Students should examine how tribal laws and areas of jurisdiction operate in conjunction with and beyond the structure of state government. Students should also be able to describe the growing economic enterprises operated by Indian governments and the impact revenue has had on tribal members, as well as the local community.

Teacher Action 

Student Action 

  • Assist students in constructing arguments using a combination of evidence for or against an approach or solution related to issues of  tribal self-determination and jurisdiction over Indian lands.  

  • Evaluate the impact of the structure and powers exercised by local, state, tribal, national, and international institutions on public policy in order to demonstrate understanding contemporary efforts by Indian nations to develop tribal resources. 

Key Concepts 


  • tribal self determination, self-governing entity, Indian legal jurisdiction

  • Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution (Commerce Clause) 

  • federal government's obligation to protect Indian lands and resources ("trust relationship")

  • development of tribal economies, privatization of tribal enterprises versus control by tribal government 

  • Some students will mistakenly associate all Indian enterprises with casinos; when, in reality, tribal businesses and their impact on the state economy are varied and signifiant.

Instructional Resources

Access suggested instructional resources correlated to standard and objective.

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