American Indians are America's and Montana's First Nations. Their self-determination and sovereignty must always be respected. Their government-to-government or nation-to-nation relationship with the United States is a well-established principle guiding relations between American Indian Tribes and the United States government.
American Indian self-determination includes territorial and cultural integrity as well as political independence. As citizens of the United States, their patriotism is affirmed by their high rate of military service, and that service is valued and honored by all Americans. The United States has an obligation to honor its legal trust relationship with Montana's First Nations, including support for education and the Indian Health Service.