Deadliest Enemies: Law and Race Relations on and off Rosebud Reservation

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Many people living far away from Indian reservations express sympathy for the poverty and misery experienced by Native Americans, yet, Thomas Biolsi argues, the problems faced by Native Americans are the results of white privilege.

In Deadliest Enemies, Biolsi connects the origins of racial tension between Indians and non-Indians on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota to federal laws, showing how the courts have created opposing political interests along race lines. Biolsi ...

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Overview

Many people living far away from Indian reservations express sympathy for the poverty and misery experienced by Native Americans, yet, Thomas Biolsi argues, the problems faced by Native Americans are the results of white privilege.

In Deadliest Enemies, Biolsi connects the origins of racial tension between Indians and non-Indians on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota to federal laws, showing how the courts have created opposing political interests along race lines. Biolsi demonstrates that the court’s definitions of legal rights—both constitutional and treaty rights—make solutions to racial tensions intractable.

This powerful work sheds much-needed light on racial conflicts in South Dakota and in the rest of the United States, and holds white people accountable for the benefits of their racial privilege that come at the expense of Native Americans.

Thomas Biolsi is professor of Native American studies at the University of California at Berkeley.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816649716
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 5/9/2007
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.89 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


List of Maps and Tables     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction to the New Edition: Indian Law and White Innocence     xv
Deadliest Enemies
Introduction: "Deadliest Enemies" and the Discourse of Indian Law     1
A Short History of Rosebud Reservation     20
Rosebud Sioux Tribe v. Kneip: Reservation Boundaries and Legal Rights     39
The Mission Liquor Store and Racial Hard Feelings     75
Stare Jurisdiction in Indian Country     100
Tribal Jurisdiction over Non-Indians     140
Making Indian-White Relations     177
Conclusion: Whiteness and the Legal Imagination     205
References     211
Index     227
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