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NPR to sponsor sovereignty debate

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. ? The struggle to maintain sovereignty for American Indian nations will be debated on National Public Radio.

Kevin Gover, attorney, and former assistant secretary for Indian affairs, and Tom Gede, executive director of the Conference of Western Attorneys General, will debate whether or not American Indians should be exempt from state and federal laws. The debate will enter into the tribal gaming arena and the balancing act between constitutional rights and treaty rights will be a topic for debate.

Gover and Gede will appear before a live audience in Albuquerque, N.M., Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Continuing Education Conference Center.

The debate, 'Nations Within: The Conflict of Native American Sovereignty' will be aired on the weekly program 'Justice Talking,' with host Margot Adler. The program will air in the fall.

Most public radio stations carry 'Justice Talking,' but it can also be accessed online at