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 and 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. 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. domain appears to be first mentioned in 1995 in the Internet Monthly Report: March 1995. Retrieved 02.02.2017, from . 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. Native Sovereign Nations domain is used to designate Native Sovereign Nations, for example Indian tribes, villages, colonies, and other communities that may span state, regional, and national boundaries. is classified as a Special Domain within the .us domain and has a status of “Names Parallel to States” along with for Federal government. The following is stipulated for the 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
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon
Gila River Indian Community
Klallam Tribe
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe
Pueblo Of Sandia
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe
Samish Indian Nation
Siletz Indian Tribe
Stillaguamish Tribe
Suquamish Tribe
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
The Mohegan Tribe
The Tulalip Tribes Natural Resource Department
White Mountain Apache Tribe
Yurok Tribe 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 domain

Step 1 – Required documentation and information:

  • Tribe must be a federally recognized tribe found in the Federal Register 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


A directory of domain names gathered from searching the web.

Akwesasne Housing Authority
Aroostook Band of Micmacs
Campo Kumeyaay Nation
Cayuga Nation of New York
Chilkoot Indian Association
Coeur d’Alene Tribe of Indians
Colorado River Indian Tribes
Hoopa Valley Tribe
Hopi Tribe
 Lummi Nation
Kansas Kickapoo Tribe
Kayenta Township
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
Lac Courte Oreilles
Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
Middletown Rancheria
Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Native Village of Eklutna
Navajo Nation
Ninilchik Traditional Council
Nisqually Indian Tribe
North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians
Omaha Tribe of Nebraska
Oneida Tribe Of Indians Of Wisconsin
Osage Nation
Pascua Yaqui Tribe
Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians
Rosebud Sioux Tribe
Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
San Carlos Forestry
Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians
Seminole Nation of Oklahoma
Shoalwater Bay Tribe
Shoshoni Tribe
Soboba Tribal Administration
Southern Ute Indian Tribe
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
The Hopi Tribe
The Hualapai Tribe
The Mashantucket (Western) Pequot Tribal Nation
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians
Tohono O’odham Nation
Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation
Tulalip Tribes
Wilton Rancheria


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