The Plenary Power Doctrine states: “Congress, and not the Executive Branch or Judicial Branch, has ULTIMATE authority with regards to matters affecting the Indian Tribes. Federal Courts give greater deference to Congress on Indian matters than on other subjects.”
Conference of Western Attorneys General, American Indian Law Desk Book, University Press of Colorado, 2004
I have stated before that I do not believe the Federal Courts have jurisdiction over how we, Alaska Natives, choose to Self-govern.
Self-governance is an action. It is a state of movement.
It is not defined to us by the federal government or any other outside governments, including Lower 48 Tribes and their deep pocketed casinos that are trying to force their will upon us.
This holds true by the many, many Congressional Acts that include Alaska Native Corporations in their definitions of Indian Tribe; based on our relationship with the federal government and right to self-govern as Alaska Native People.
We get to use whatever westernized vehicle we choose, for profit or otherwise. That is the action of self-governance.
The core purpose is for individual indigenous people, like me.
The strategy is creating whatever structure we choose that best benefits individual indigenous people.