Red Man's Land/White Man's Law

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Red Man's Land/White Man's Law is a history of the legal status of the American Indians and their land from the period of first contact with Europeans down to the present day. It begins with the efforts of colonial authorities-Spanish, British, and French-to deal with tribal sovereignty and carries the discussion of U. S. -Indian legal relations through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Tribal sovereignty was eroded from the very beginning, but more recently it has emerged as a powerful force in American ...

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Overview

Red Man's Land/White Man's Law is a history of the legal status of the American Indians and their land from the period of first contact with Europeans down to the present day. It begins with the efforts of colonial authorities-Spanish, British, and French-to deal with tribal sovereignty and carries the discussion of U. S. -Indian legal relations through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Tribal sovereignty was eroded from the very beginning, but more recently it has emerged as a powerful force in American and Canadian law and touches upon many current legal issues, such as land allotment and land claims; definitions of Indian status; hunting, fishing, and water rights; and tribal relations with Congress, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Canadian government. First published in 1971, this second edition contains a new preface and an extensive afterword discussing important legal events and issues in the last twenty-five years, making this a complete, up-to-date survey of legal relations between the United States and the American Indian.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806127408
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 1,035,035
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Wilcomb E. Washburn is Director of the American Studies Program at the Smithsonian Institution. He is the author of The Indian and the White Man, The Indian in America, and The Assault on Indian Tribalism as well as volume editor of the Handbook of North American Indians, vol. 4, History of Indian-White Relations.

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