American Indians and the Law

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Penguin, Jan 31, 2008 - History - 304 pages
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A perfect introduction to a vital subject very few Americans understand-the constitutional status of American Indians

Few American s know that Indian tribes have a legal status unique among America's distinct racial and ethnic groups: they are sovereign governments who engage in relations with Congress. This peculiar arrangement has led to frequent legal and political disputes-indeed, the history of American Indians and American law has been one of clashing values and sometimes uneasy compromise. In this clear-sighted account, American Indian scholar N. Bruce Duthu explains the landmark cases in Indian law of the past two centuries. Exploring subjects as diverse as jurisdictional authority, control of environmental resources, and the regulations that allow the operation of gambling casinos, American Indians and the Law gives us an accessible entry point into a vital facet of Indian history.
 

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In the 1832 case Worcester v. Georgia, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized that Indian tribes were distinct political entities and thus held sovereignty within their territorial boundaries. The ruling ... Read full review

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I learned that tribal legal status began as sovereign [self-government] that differed from that of other cultural groups predating the establishment of the US. In Johnson v McIntosh (1823), the ... Read full review

Contents

PART THREE
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8
PART FOUR
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10
CONCLUSION
NOTES

PART TWO
4
5
6
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

N. Bruce Duthu, JD, is an internationally recognized scholar on Native American issues, including tribal sovereignty and federal recognition of Indian tribes. He is a professor of law at the Vermont Law School and a United Houma Indian Nation tribal member.

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