States and tribes

Now that many tribes are aggressively asserting their sovereignty on issues ranging from water rights to Indian gambling, cooperation between tribal and state governments has become crucial. That's the conclusion of States and Tribes: Building New Traditions, a recent publication of the National Conference of State Legislators. The report outlines some major conflicts about issues such as taxation, gaming and environmental regulation and gives current examples of states and tribal governments that have successfully resolved their disputes. The 87-page report also brims with facts about Indian Country and how tribal governments operate. A copy is $25 from the National Conference on State Legislatures, 1560 Broadway, Suite 700, Denver, CO 80202 (303/830-2200).

* Rick Keister