Religious Freedom and Indian Rights: The Case of Oregon v. Smith

Religious Freedom and Indian Rights: The Case of Oregon v. Smith

by Carolyn N. Long
     
 

"Carolyn Long nimbly analyzes the jumbled issues of religion, Native American rights, drug use, state authority, and congressional activism to produce an arresting analysis of one of the Supreme Court's landmark cases of modern religious liberty."—Kermit Hall, author of The Magic Mirror: Law in American History

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"Carolyn Long nimbly analyzes the jumbled issues of religion, Native American rights, drug use, state authority, and congressional activism to produce an arresting analysis of one of the Supreme Court's landmark cases of modern religious liberty."—Kermit Hall, author of The Magic Mirror: Law in American History

"What makes this excellent book especially gripping is its human dimension: the actual people—and their networks of associations, including the Native American churches—behind the litigation."—Sanford Levinson, author of Constitutional Faith

"A superbly researched and carefully crafted history."—John R. Wunder, editor of Native Americans and the Law

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In 1983, two Klamath Indians were fired from their positions as drug rehabilitation counselors for their use of peyote in a Native American Church ceremony. When the state of Oregon denied them unemployment benefits Alfred Smith and his co-worker claimed this was an infringement on their religious freedom and filed a lawsuit. This book covers the landmark case that followed, a case which worked its way all the way to the United States Supreme Court and back to the state level, gathering public interest and support as it did. Through interviews with Smith and his family, lawyers, judges and congressional and interest group, Long (Washington State U.) explores the peyote ceremonies, the conflicting government goals in this First Amendment case and its continuing implications. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780700610631
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Series:
Landmark Law Cases and American Society Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.77(w) x 8.74(h) x 1.07(d)

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