Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 Essay

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The Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, also known as the Wheeler Howard Act or the IRA, had a major impact on the everyday lives of Native American Tribes that were scattered across the United states. The Indian Reorganization Act provided the means and tools for tribes to form their own governments and constitutions. The IRA stopped the general allotment act that was put into effect by the Dawes of 1887. The Indian Reorganization Act granted the Secretary of Interior a tremendous amount of power over Native American affairs ranging from land, livestock, employment, government, etc. According to the reorganization plan, after a tribe or nation voted to accept the IRA, it would draw up a constitution and bylaws, submit it to a referendum, …show more content…
While all land is subject to federal law the government does not exercise control over that casino that is built on Native American land.
Lets start with the constitution that the Indian Reorganization Act. The Oglala Sioux Tribe’s constitution is a reflection of the United State’s. A council is chosen by secret ballot by qualified voters of the tribe which after the vote is all over the council will be recognized as the “The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council” (Article III, Section 1). This is the same as when the United States people elect congress. Another similarity between the two is the terms each elected president gets to serve before his time is up and another election is upheld. In the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s constitution the elected president gets to serve two years before his term is up and in the United States constitution the president gets to serve four years. There is a similarity between how many years a president gets to serve but a major difference between how many terms the president gets to serve before his/her time is up. As I stated before these two constitutions are the same in their own ways but different in other ways.
Long ago there were many leaders that represented a camp or village. The Indian Reorganization Act made the Native Americans sum their leaders down to one. The IRA put upon the Oglala Sioux Tribe regulations that they had

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