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The history of Indigenous Sovereignty regarding colonialism and governance is complex. I claim to be no expert in this field. I am an Indigenous Northen Native American from Diné and Jemez Pueblo. It is complicated for me to genuinely understand the overhead of Indigenous Sovereignty, and it differs from one region to another. 

This Fluxus Performance is my general perspective on this subject. The El Museo Cultural Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, held a conference among various South American Indigenous Peoples on Indigenous Sovereignty in North and South America. 

The audience participated in tying me with rope. At the same time, I wore a black sheet around me to represent the veil of the impact of Colonial expansion and dispossession of Indigenous Lands. I lay under a plastic cover that represented a coffin. I asked participants to take the dull scissors I laid out and cut the rope, freeing me  — signifying that it takes a community to organize to fight for the restoration of their Indigenous Sovereignty Rights and recognize land dispossession, such as The Dawes Act (1887) to break up Tribal Lands into allotments. 

I aim to examine the motives of economic exploitation and the Colonial movements that have led to legal and political changes in many Indigenous lands; as a result, organized land rights advocates are developing self-governing Indigenous nations and resistance to the challenges and injustices still present since the 15th-century European expansion.

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