Native American tribes have to overcome significant difficulties in order to build successful businesses. When those businesses are threatened by state regulators and legislatures, it becomes a matter of tribal sovereignty. Over the centuries, whenever a state has tried to interfere with the operation of tribal businesses, the courts and federal government have upheld tribal sovereignty, effectively ruling that states have no right to meddle in businesses operated by federally-recognized tribes.
This month another state has attempted to stop tribes from conducting business. The state involved is New York (http://www.mynafsa.org/nafsa-directs-york-superintendent-financial-services-cease-desist-discriminatory-actions-indian-country) and the industry under attack is personal short-term loans. … Read the rest