American Indians and the Law by N. Bruce Duthu
The Penguin Library of American Indian History (Penguin's Library of American Indian History)

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A perfect introduction to a vital subject very few Americans understand-the constitutional status of American Indians

Few American s know that Indian tribes have a legal status unique among America's distinct racial and ethnic groups: they are sovereign governments who engage in relations with Congress. This peculiar arrangement has led to frequent legal and political disputes-indeed, the history of American Indians and American law has been one of clashing values and sometimes uneasy compromise. In this clear-sighted account, American Indian scholar N. Bruce Duthu explains the landmark cases in Indian law of the past two centuries. Exploring subjects as diverse as jurisdictional authority, control of environmental resources, and the regulations that allow the operation of gambling casinos, American Indians and the Law gives us an accessible entry point into a vital facet of Indian history.

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N. Bruce Duthu, an internationally recognized scholar on Native American law, is the vice dean of academic affairs and professor of law at Vermont Law School, as well as a member of the United Houma Indian Nation.
Published January 31, 2008 by Penguin Books. 316 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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His survey includes an extended discourse on the tribes’ authority over ancestral homelands and the environmental and economic progress they’ve made, an overview of the legal tension between America’s reverence for individual rights versus the Indians’ traditional elevation of group rights, and a...

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Duthu, a law professor and member of the Houma tribe, reviews statute and case law on tribal sovereignty, especially recent Supreme Court decisions that are at odds with Congress’s modern friendliness toward tribal “self-determination.” His dense, dry survey explores such topics as tribal jurisdi...

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Through case studies on the rights to life and abortion, marriage and two-spirited peoples, Indian Child Welfare, and tribal citizenship, Duthu gets to the heart of the moral issues that surround the law, whether tribal or federal.

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