off the reservation

off the reservation

1. Outside the bounds of control, propriety, or acceptance of a given group. The phrase refers to the forced relocation of Native Americans to Indian reservations in the United States. Because of this origin, the phrase can be considered offensive or inappropriate. The youths in this area seems content to remain largely off the reservation, as if they are beholden to no form of authority.
2. Different or contrary to the accepted norm. The vice president seems to be off the reservation regarding his views on legalizing marijuana.
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These loans include properties on the reservation, off the reservation, site built construction, remodels, rehabs, and manufactured homes.
The Yakama Nation in Washington state recently banned marijuana on the reservation and is trying to halt state regulated pot sales and grows on lands off the reservation where it still holds hunting and fishing rights.
As duck hunters, we mostly had Labs but we also had some goldens, and at one point we kind of went off the reservation and got a German shorthaired pointer.
Those who reported living off the reservation for some period of time were least likely to use the drug.
Though judges in lower courts sometimes "stray off the reservation," the difference between 24 weeks and 20 is substantial enough to make that unlikely.
But the transition off the reservation into college life has been rocky for some of the state's top native players, if they left home at all.
We've accomplished so much for the tribal community in those 20 years, but also for the entire region, on and off the Reservation.
authorities in detaining migrants and quickly getting them off the reservation.
But relations among the tribal groups were not historically calm, and Captain Jack led a group of Modocs who first stayed off the reservation, then unwillingly moved onto it and then left again, in 1870, a year after the U.
As a teenager, after finding his motherAAEs name written in a textbook assigned to him at the Wellpinit school, Alexie made a conscious decision to attend high school off the reservation in Reardan, WA, about 20 miles south of Wellpinit, where he knew he would get a better education.
8-11], Chief Joseph described why he had tried to keep his people off the reservation set aside for them by the U.
Councilman Bernard Parks strayed off the reservation at Saturday's meeting of the L.
Many Native American individuals and families periodically move on and off the reservation.
Some thought Soltaniyeh had strayed off the reservation when he made the startling offer to abandon enrichment.