A body of persons or a state having independent and self-governing power, status, or authority. An 1831 Supreme Court decision confirmed that Native American nations were distinct, self-governing political entities, dependent upon the United States as their trustee. Tribes are described as "domestic dependent nations," coining the term "Nations within a Nation."
Has two meanings. The first one is a technical word for the monarch (king or queen) of a particular country as in "the Sovereign of England is Queen Elizabeth." The other meaning of the word is to describe the supreme legislative powers of a state: that they are totally independent and free from any outside political control or authority over their decisions. The people of Quebec, for example, has, at times, supported governments which have proposed that Quebec become a "sovereign" state; that all legislative authority of the government of Canada over their territory cease and that the government of Quebec be enabled to regulate in any matter at all; and that the government of Quebec represent itself internationally.