Native American Sovereignty on Trial: A Handbook with Cases, Laws, and Documents

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ABC-CLIO, 2003 - 359 strani

A survey of Native American tribal law and its place within the framework of the U.S. Constitution from colonial times to today's headlines.

Using five major court cases, Native American Sovereignty on Trial examines American Indian tribal governments and how they relate to federal and state governments under the U.S. Constitution. From the foundational U.S. Supreme Court opinions of the 1830s, to the California State Gaming Propositions of 1998 and 2000, the impact and legacy of these court cases are fully explored.

The actual text of key treaties, court decisions, and other legal documents pertaining to the five tribal controversies are featured and analyzed. Clearly presented, this in depth review of essential legal issues makes even the most difficult and complex judicial doctrines easy to understand by students and nonlawyers. This concise volume tracing the evolution of Native American sovereignty will supplement coursework in law, political science, U.S. history, and American Indian studies.

  • Carefully edited original texts of various major Supreme Court opinions and historic legal documents including the Cherokee decisions of the 1830s, the U.S.-Navajo Treaty of 1868, and the California Tribal Gaming Compact of 2000
  • A chronology of key events in the history and development of American Indian tribal governments and their relationship with U.S. and state governments


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Bryan H. Wildenthal is associate professor of law and director of the Center for Law and Social Justice at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, CA.

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