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The New Indian Wars

The New Indian Wars
170 St. George Street, Room 100, Jackman Humanities Building
Time: Jan 27th, 2:00 pm End: Jan 27th, 4:00 pm
Interest Categories: Law, Faculty of , Indigenous, 2000-
Talk by N. Bruce Duthu, Dartmouth College

Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives presents

The New Indian Wars

Tribal Sovereignty, the US Supreme Court & Judicial Violence

N. Bruce Duthu, Samson Occom Professor of Native American Studies, Dartmouth College

In the past four decades, the United States Supreme Court has issued a number of opinions that have drastically diminished the sovereign authority of tribal nations, particularly over non-members of the tribe. Ironically, this judicial posture has operated contemporaneously with a national policy that favors self-determination for the tribal nations. This legal phenomenon operates as a form of judicial violence against Indian tribes and serves to undermine the nation's formative commitment to a legally plural society. This article suggests that the modern court's dim view of tribal sovereign powers stems from two interrelated but distinct concerns: (a) the court's singular focus on the interests of non-members, particularly those living in Indian country; and (b) the court's stubborn attachment to a vision of American history that contemplated and actively pursued the eradication of an indigenous presence within the American territory.

This event is free and open to all. No registration is required. For futher information, please contact the Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives at (416) 978-2233.



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