Freedom Of Expression, Equality And Human Rights Essay

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The Theta Upsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa has chosen the topic “Quests for Human Expression” as our focus for the Honors in Action theme “Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration.” The right to freedom of expression, equality and human rights is a crucial key to democracy, and is safeguarded by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which the United States is a party, both state that individuals have a right to freedom of expression. So, how does that right pertain to the Native American population?
Our nation’s 2.5 million Native Americans were denied basic civil rights for many years, and it has traditionally been one of our country’s most difficult civil rights issues. Previously considered wards of the state, in 1924 all tribes of Native Americans were granted U.S. Citizenship. Because Native Americans are not only citizens of the United States, but are also citizens of their tribal nation, they are consider to have dual citizenship.
Most Indian land is held in trust and owned by the United States government, and federal law still regulates the political and economic rights of tribal governments. Tribal jurisdiction over persons and things within tribal borders are often at issue.
All federally recognized Native American tribes fall under the U.S. government, and are considered domestic dependent nations, with rights to…

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