Looking inwardly for the wisdom of Solomon
One may call it government in government's purest form. Elected tribal leaders must deal with issues on every possible level. That is the responsibility handed to them and assumed by them when they are elected by the tribal membership.
The chairman or a council member may deal directly with the President of the United States, or with the leaders of congress or with the members of the president's cabinet. The halls of congress and of the executive branch of the federal government are familiar territory, but the same elected tribal leaders must return to the reservation and possibly be faced with a decision involving an intra-family dispute.They steer their own ship of state and, in doing so, they pray for wisdom.