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General Information

What do you prefer to be called – American Indian, Native American or what?

Values and Beliefs

What does it mean to be enrolled?

Reservations and Tribal Government

What is the difference between a Tribe and a reservation?

What is a Tribal Council?

Do Indians pay taxes?

Do Indians get payments from the government?

Are Indians entitled to a free college education?

Do Indians have special rights different from other citizens?

Is the Indian Health Service (IHS) a part of the Tribe or not?