American Indian and Alaska Native tribes have existed for thousands of years. NARF’s foremost priority is to protect and secure continued tribal existence. NARF focuses on preserving tribes’ sovereignty — their political status and legal rights as governments. Tribal sovereignty pre-dates the existence of the United States of America and the United States recognizes tribal sovereignty in treaties, acts of Congress, Executive Orders, and court case law. NARF helps tribes maintain their longstanding government-to-government relationships with the United States, or, in the case of unrecognized or terminated tribes, to establish or re-establish such a relationship. NARF also helps tribes forge government-to-government relationships with state and local governments.