New American Indian Law Resources At Your Library

Posted on Friday, November 16, 2012

American Indian Law offers researchers and practitioners alike an opportunity to study history as it develops.  This month the Law Library has added several new resources on American Indian Law you may enjoy.

  • The Indian Civil Rights Act at Forty (Kristen A. Carpenter, Matthew L.M. Fletcher & Angela R. Riley, eds., 2012).

Forty years ago, Congress passed the Indian Civil Rights Act in an effort to balance concerns for individual civil rights on tribal lands with recognition of Indian sovereignty.  The Indian Civil Rights Act at Forty reflects upon issues raised under this act since its passage from the perspective of attorneys, scholars, and community members.

  • Felix S. Cohen, Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law (2012).

Written by experts in the field, Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law is an encyclopedic treatise on the topic.  It provides both general overviews and in-depth discussions on topics such as the relationships among tribes, the states, and the federal government, resource management, and government structure.

  • Blake A. Watson, Buying America from the Indians: Johnson v. McIntosh and the History of Native Land Rights (2012).

In 1823 the Supreme Court ruled that upon the discovery of America by the Europeans, Indians no longer had the power to dispose of land however they wished because the land belonged to those who made it.  This case, Johnson v. McIntosh, has impacted Indian land rights ever since.  In Buying America, Watson discusses many different reasons how this case has shaped Indian land rights in the past and also examines how it will impact those rights in the future.

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