Native Sovereign Nations – nsn
There are two domain names used to designate Native Sovereign Nations (nsn) in the United States of America, noting that some Native Soverign Nations are in Canada and Mexico.
The two domain names are nsn.us and -nsn.gov. Though the background and the discrimination for Native Sovereign Nations deserve, s a thesis, the purpose of this page is to highlight that there are other Indigenous Domain Names in the world.
-nsn.gov was created in April 2002 in a cooperative agreement between the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Indian Affairs eGovernment. The MOU was signed in 2001.
nsn.us domain appears to be first mentioned in 1995 in the Internet Monthly Report: March 1995. Retrieved 02.02.2017, from ftp://ftp.rfc-editor.org/in-notes/museum/imr/imr9503.txt . nsn.us domain was created by the US Registrar as in 1992, The Six Nations, the Blackfoot Confederacy, the Wabenaki Confederacy, all Jay Treaty Nations under the joint colonial trusts of the United States and Canada, and the Navajo Nation and others under the sole colonial trust of the United States, have all attempted to obtain access to the Domain Name System as Soverign States and were rebuffed by Jon Postel and Michael St. Johns because they lacked ISO 3166 country code status and were not given International status under the UN Treaty.
John Postel one of the founding fathers of the Internet is well regarded for his integral role in
creating the hierarchical organizational structure in the Domain Name System (DNS). He went on to create and manage IANA which manages CC TLD’s. IANA designates new ccTLDs based on a pre existing list of country codes provided by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) because as John Postel stated “ISO has a procedure for determining which entities should be and should not be on that list. This deprived Native Soverign Nations the ability to have their own CC TLD.
nsn.us Native Sovereign Nations domain
.nsn.us is used to designate Native Sovereign Nations, for example Indian tribes, villages, colonies, and other communities that may span state, regional, and national boundaries.
nsn.us is classified as a Special Domain within the .us domain and has a status of “Names Parallel to States” along with .fed.us for Federal government. The following is stipulated for the .nsn.us domain:
North American Indian Nations; comprised of Indian tribes, villages, rancherias, colonies, and other Indian communities that can span state, regional and national boundaries. The tribes listed in the Federally Recognized Indian Tribes can register under the NSN.
|Ak-Chin Indian Community||http://www.ak-chin.nsn.us/|
|Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon||http://ctsi.nsn.us/|
|Gila River Indian Community||http://vss.gric.nsn.us|
|Muckleshoot Indian Tribe||http://www.muckleshoot.nsn.us/|
|Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe||https://www.pgst.nsn.us/|
|Pueblo Of Sandia||https://www.sandiapueblo.nsn.us/|
|Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe||http://plpt.nsn.us/|
|Samish Indian Nation||http://www.samishtribe.nsn.us/|
|Siletz Indian Tribe||http://www.ctsi.nsn.us|
|Swinomish Indian Tribal Community||http://www.swinomish-nsn.gov|
|The Mohegan Tribe||http://mohegan.nsn.us/|
|The Tulalip Tribes Natural Resource Department||http://www.tulalip.nsn.us|
|White Mountain Apache Tribe||http://www.wmat.nsn.us/|
-nsn.gov Indian tribe domain
nsn-gov is a partial Indigenous Domain name which allows federally recognized Indian tribes the opportunity to create domain names recognized as a government entity.
Criteria to apply for a -nsn.gov domain
Step 1 – Required documentation and information:
- Tribe must be a federally recognized tribe found in the Federal Register www.federalregister.gov under “Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible to Receive Services from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs.”
- The application request must be written on Tribal letterhead (.docx) ; and must include three different individuals to act as point of contacts for the tribe. POCs must have email addresses listed to receive communication from GSA. Additional point of contacts reduces communication errors and ability to meet deadlines.
- A Tribal government resolution must also accompany the application request and must contain the following:
– Indicates the requestor has the authority to sign and submit the application letter on behalf of the tribe
– The name of a domain must match what is reflected in the request letter
– Also, at least one of the points of contact should be named in the resolution; in case BIA NSN coordinators or GSA has any questions
- Note: We understand that tribes vary in how a Tribal resolution is created, so use the format that works for your tribe
Further details can be found on the offical web site https://www.bia.gov/nsn/index.htm
A directory of -nsn.gov domain names gathered from searching the web.