Ways We (The MOWA Choctaw Indians of Alabama) Have Exercised Our Tribal Sovereignty Chief Framon Weaver Mobile County 1922 Adopted Tribal Constitution and Established Three Forms of Government. Passed ordinance to create Housing Authority Lobbied State of Alabama to recognize all tribal lands owned by the tribe to be declared reservation property. Passed Tribal ordinance to create Police Department Lobbied State of Alabama for our right to establish and operate our Police Department. Passed Tribal ordinance to create Police Department Negotiated an agreement with the State of Alabama to establish our Community Service Block Grant and Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. As a result of litigation involving an incinerator on tribal reservation, the court recognized our right to issue our own permits. The court recognized our right to build on property owned by the tribe without obtaining building permits or licenses from the County. In regards to the Indian Child Welfare Act, we are considered the same as a federally recognized tribe.