Sovereignty Matters: Locations of Contestation and Possibility in Indigenous Struggles for Self-determination

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Joanne Barker
U of Nebraska Press, Dec 1, 2005 - Social Science - 236 pages
Sovereignty Matters investigates the multiple perspectives that exist within indigenous communities regarding the significance of sovereignty as a category of intellectual, political, and cultural work. Much scholarship to date has treated sovereignty in geographical and political matters solely in terms of relationships between indigenous groups and their colonial states or with a bias toward American contexts. This groundbreaking anthology of essays by indigenous peoples from the Americas and the Pacific offers multiple perspectives on the significance of sovereignty.

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Page 12 - The Cherokee nation, then, is a distinct community, occupying its own territory, with boundaries accurately described, in which the laws of Georgia can have no force, and which the citizens of Georgia have no right to enter, but with the assent of the Cherokecs themselves, or in conformity with treaties, and with the acts of congress.
Page 13 - They interfere forcibly with the relations established between the United States and the Cherokee nation, the regulation of which, according to the settled principles of our constitution, are committed exclusively to the Government of the union.
Page 10 - This bill is brought by the Cherokee nation, praying an injunction to restrain the state of Georgia from the execution of certain laws of that state, which, as is alleged, go directly to annihilate the Cherokees as a political society, and to seize, for the use of Georgia, the lands of the nation which have been assured to them by the United States in solemn treaties repeatedly made and still in force.

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Joanne Barker (Lenape) is an assistant professor of American Indian studies at San Francisco State University. Her work has appeared in Cultural Studies, Wicazo Sa Review, Inscriptions, and This Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation.

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