Sovereignty refers to rights of self-governance, whether applied to an individual, a nation, or institution, which grants "absolute and independent authority". Indigenous sovereignty describes the rights of indigenous peoples to self-determination and governance. To respect indigenous sovereignty, it is necessary that indigenous peoples be granted their own authority over their lands, cultures, governance, and identities. Indigenous sovereignty also specifically refers to the rights of culture and spiritual beliefs, which are passed through generations. It will continue so long as the people continue to take part in it and keep it alive.
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