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SW230 – Native Americans Under Federal Law

In Native Americans Under Federal Law, students examine the legal and political status and the culture of contemporary Native American tribes.

Instructor(s)

Distinguished Lecturer Phillip Kannan email

In Native Americans Under Federal Law, students examine the legal and political status and the culture of contemporary Native American tribes. This course examines the Supreme Court decisions that led to the forced removal of Native Americans, established the trustee doctrine, imposed assimilation policy, allocated land and natural resources, and changed the system of government for Native American tribes. The current efforts by Native Americans to enforce the laws that were enacted to protect their interests but which have been ignored for centuries are studied. The course examines the meaning of tribal sovereignty and the continuing struggle of tribes to protect it.