By any rational measure, the constitution adopted by the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in October of 1932 was a failure. It did not lead to the much desired claim against the federal government, it was not a particularly effective governing document, nor did it engender a sense of respect or validity within the community. It was immediately despised by many, and less than thirty years after it was adopted it was replaced. It left little in the way of anything practical or useful to structure or guide the government of the Turtle Mountain Band into the future. What it did leave, however, was a legacy to which the community continues to respond and that continues to shape constitutionalism at Turtle Mountain today....
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