Sovereign tribes exercise a unique set of rights, including, at minimum:
Rights to self-government
Rights to define the conditions of tribal citizenship
Regulation of domestic relations
Regulation of property inheritance
Administration of justice
Regulation of the duties and conduct of affiliated federal employees
Additionally, cultural sovereignty--including revitalization and continuation of tribal lifeways--underlies legal and political sovereignty.
It is most critical to understand how the sovereign rights of tribes interface with a U.S. nationwide broadband Internet infrastructure as it is built across tribal lands.
At this point in history, tribal leaders enforce sovereignty in part by mobilizing information and communications technologies (ICTs) across powerful governmental institutions. Matters as diverse as taxation, cybersecurity and border enforcement, emergency management, land management, ICT innovation, economic development, and the provision of health and human services for peoples residing on or near tribal lands may be affected by the reliability and availability of fiber-optic cables and wireless spectrum.