What do you think about how Indian tribes have their own governments and limited sovereignty? Federally recognized Indian tribes governed their own people and territory before the arrival of the Europeans and the Constitution recognizes a government-to-government relationship between the United States and the Indian tribes. The Tribes retain all sovereign powers that are not inconsistent with their status as domestic dependent nations, were ceded by treaty, or revoked by the plenary power of Congress. The Supreme Court has ruled that the relationship between the Indian tribes to the United States resembles that of a ward to his guardian. I'm generally supportive of this arrangement.