There's a bill before the ND Senate right now that would provide for display of the National flags of the 5 Indn Nations (Reservations) in ND. Reservations are Nations, btw. We are superior in law to state governments; our primary legal level is with the Federal government. "Jurisdiction" is a common word in Indn Country, & is responsible for the mishmash of laws regarding us, along with the vast majority of the confusion.
How-ev-er - when this bill came up for hearing before Senate Political Subdivisions Committee last week, Committee action on it was delayed! The 'reason"? One or more Committee members - apparently including the current Chair, felt that "displaying the Indn flags in the House, Senate, & Supreme Court Chambers would possibly diminish the (stature of the) US & State flags". How's that for racism, takoszja?
Examining this bit of offensiveness, we find that - The State flag is already 'diminished' in stature, by law. Reservations are superior in legal standing to States. Period. Hechetu ye / End of discussion. And since the US flag and the Native Nations are on equal legal footing, in law, hanging our flags can't 'diminish' it's stature, either. Duwahleh! We need not ask how 'dumb' some people are - it's obvious, from the initial remark.
The current proposal is "to find one place to hang the Indn flags, off by themselves". Right. Such as a closet, perhaps? Up in the ND Indn Affairs Commission Office - where they already hang, and no one sees them unless they happen to go to the Indn Affairs Commission Office.
And this grahdoo is expressed by supposedly intelligent & enlightened elected officials in 2013. Jeeeeh! I'll keep you posted.