The Federal-Tribal relationship should be a relationship of sovereigns and should affirm the principles of self-determination and self-government. The Federal government also has an important trust responsibility to protect lands, promote self-government, and provide assistance for the welfare of the Tribe and its members. The law is clear that states don’t have jurisdiction over Tribes, except when explicitly authorized by Congress. Though states don’t have authority over Tribes, I believe it behooves states to form a close government-to-government working relationship with sovereign Tribes and work to advance mutual interests and harmonize jurisdictional issues. I have a proven record of partnering with Tribes to work toward common goals, and I’d bring this work ethic into the office of LG. This dates back to my time working for Governor Gardner when we signed the Centennial Accord.