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American Indian Sovereignty And The U.S. Supreme Court
     

American Indian Sovereignty And The U.S. Supreme Court

by David E. Wilkins
 

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In this book, David Wilkins examines fifteen landmark cases in which the Supreme Court significantly curtailed Indian rights.

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In this book, David Wilkins examines fifteen landmark cases in which the Supreme Court significantly curtailed Indian rights.

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A detailed, thorough analysis of 15 US Supreme Court cases involving Native Americans. . . . The cases range from the well-known Johnson v. M'Intosh to the little-known Ward v. Racehorse, but all are instance in which the Court has mistakenly 'limited or terminated the rights of indigenous peoples.' In each case the author notes the errors the justices made and the 'judicial masks' that have often enabled them to ignore reality and morality. . . . Judicious and persuasive, he provides new information and insights in this important field. A must read for tribal officials, attorneys, judges, public officials, and others concerned with Native American affairs.
Booknews
Reviewing 15 landmark cases between 1823 and 1992, Wilkins (political science and American Indian studies, U. of Arizona) offers evidence that US Supreme Court justices have selectively used precedents and facts, both historical and contemporary, to arrive at decisions that have undermined tribal sovereignty, legitimated massive tribal land losses, sanctioned the diminishment of Indian religious rights, and curtailed other rights as well. Includes a glossary of legal terms, without pronunciation. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292791091
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Edition description:
1ST UNIVER
Pages:
422
Sales rank:
744,240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

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Vine Deloria Jr.
This book offers a framework in which Supreme Court decisions can be analyzed and criticized. It is, on account of this framework, a wholly new kind of writing and one that is badly needed.
-- Vine Deloria Jr., author of American Indians, American Justice

Meet the Author

A Lumbee Indian, David E. Wilkins is Associate Professor of Political Science and American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona.

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