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Published on Mar 12, 2015
American Indian treaties with the United States have had enormous, incalculable, and permanent effects on the lands, cultures, and populations of Native America. As nation-to-nation agreements, treaties are integral to the history and development of the United States. And while many treaty promises remain unfulfilled, the principle of sovereignty makes treaties vital to Indian life today.
This video was produced as part of the exhibition "Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations," on view at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. The video introduces visitors to the principle of coexistence embodied in the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois or Six Nations) Guswenta, the Two-Row Wampum Belt.