Uneven Ground

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-08-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma Pr

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In the early 1970s, the federal government began recognizing self-determination for American Indian nations. As sovereign entities, Indian nations have been able to establish policies concerning health care, education, religious freedom, law enforcement, gaming, and taxation. Yet these gains have not gone unchallenged. Starting in the late 1980s, states have tried to regulate and profit from casino gambling on Indian lands. Treaty rights to hunt, fish, and gather remain hotly contested, and traditional religious practices have been denied protection. Tribal courts struggle with state and federal courts for jurisdiction. David E. Wilkins and K. Tsianina Lomawaima discuss how the political rights and sovereign status of Indian nations have variously been respected, ignored, terminated, and unilaterally modified by federal lawmakers as a result of the ambivalent political and legal status of tribes under western law.

Author Biography

David E. Wilkins, Associate Professor of American Indian Studies, Political Science, and Law at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities K. Tsianina Lomawaima, Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 3(16)
``The Law of Nations'': The Doctrine of Discovery
``With the Greatest Respect and Fidelity'': The Trust Doctrine
``Such an Outrage'': The Doctrine of Plenary Power
``Treaties as Covenants'': The Doctrine of Reserved Rights
``Justices Who Bent the Law'': The Doctrine of Implied Repeals
``No Reasonable Plea'': Disclaimers in Tribal-State Relations
``As It Was Intended'': The Doctrine of Sovereign Immunity
Conclusion 249(16)
Notes 265(24)
References 289(16)
Index 305

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