Tribal Data Sovereignty is the principal that Tribal Nations have the inherent right to control their own data. It gives Tribal Nations the power to decide how their data is collected and used, as well as who should have access to it. Data sovereignty is a way for Tribes to reclaim control of their data from governments or other structures that may be using it for their own purposes. It is a form of self-determination and gives Tribes the ability to protect their cultural heritage, maintain group rights and resources, and make sure their data is used in a way that is respectful of their traditions and worldview. Strengthening Tribal Data Sovereignty is essential to ensure that Tribal Nations have control over their data and have access to the resources they need to protect their sovereignty and self-determination.
The core tenets of Tribal Data Sovereignty include:
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