Native American Sovereignty
The essays included in this collection help define Native American sovereignty in today's world. They draw upon past legal experiences and project into the future. The collection begins with a brief definition of sovereignty, followed by a consideration of the most important documents that show the relationships between Native American nations and the U.S. government. They continue with a study of how treaties were handled by Congress and the current and future implication of the treaty relationships. The selection concludes with a look at the issue of federal plenary power in terms of treaties and the evolution of American case law.
Introduction; Indian Sovereignty; Treaty Legislation; Implications of Treaty Relationships Between the United States and Various American Indian Nations; The U.S. Supreme Court’s Explication of "Federal Plenary Power:" An Analysis of Case Law Affecting Tribal Sovereignty, 1886–1914; Self-Determination and the Concept of Sovereignty; The Origins of Self-Determination Ideology and Constitutional Sovereignty; The Challenge of Indigenous Self-Determination; Indian Tribal Taxation: A Cornerstone of Sovereignty; Federal Indian Identification Policy: A Usurpation of Indigenous Sovereignty in North America; Crazy Snake and the Creek Struggle for Sovereignty: The Native American Legal Culture and American Law; Peterson Zah: A Progressive Outlook and a Traditional Style; The Quest for Sovereignty; Self-Determination and Subordination: The Past, Present, and Future of American Indian Governance; International Law and Politics: Toward a Right to Self-Determination for Indigenous Peoples, The Future of Indian Nations