Over one hundred years ago, Austin Abbott, a prominent New York lawyer, wrote that “[t]he American student could select few single subjects the survey of which would bring under view a greater variety of important general principles… than the law relating to Indians.”‘ Abbott’s statement remains true, for no area of American law is more distinct, anomalous, or confused than that relating to Native Americans.’ The Supreme Court each year decides a disproportionate number of cases relating to Native American sovereignty, land, water, taxes, jurisdiction, regulation, religion, and a host of other issues, and in so doing, it weaves, along with Congress and numerous federal agencies, a “patchwork quilt” of case law, statutes, and regulations resembling more a “checkerboard” than a “seamless web.” The reasons for this are many, including the United States’ historically vacillating policies toward Indians, the “closing” of the “frontier,” and the impact of the New Deal’ and the Civil Rights Movement, but the fundamental reason for the chaos that is American Indian Law is that the law has been made to serve ends incompatible with its original founding principle.
Juliana Morgan-Trostle∞ We do not believe that petitioner’s participation in [nonviolent civil disobedience] can be characterized as involving moral turpitude. If we were to deny to every person who has engaged in a “sit-in” or other form of non-violent
Regardless of the obstacles to ratification that remain, the renewed push for ratification makes clear that interest in the ERA is not merely academic or historical, but rather an urgent and necessary response to the many threats to women’s rights
Proposed mode of analysis for preconstitutional land claims brought by American Indian tribes
A discussion of christianity and native american federal law. Looks at the approach SCOTUS has taken and the Johnson decision.
To mandate a total surrender to the dictates of Anglo-American society would obviously be a self-defeating policy. Indeed, it may be that injustice will always have to be suffered by the Indian in order to remain distinct.
Discussion of the ways in which Native American law violates the constitution and the SCOTUS decisions that have shaped the law.
From society's standpoint it is important to preserve not only Native religious property, but also the irreplaceable Native beliefs and practices associated with that property.
Paul Savoy¥ A deeply flawed eighty-six page legal memorandum revealed the rationale for the U.S. Justice Department’s March 2015 decision not to prosecute Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The Article rejects the Department’s contention that prosecution was not permitted by