Indians in American Society From the Revolutionary War to the Present
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Description: American Indian affairs are much in the public mind today--hotly contested debates over such issues as Indian fishing rights, land claims, and reservation gambling hold our attention. While the unique legal status of American Indians rests on the historical treaty relationship between Indian tribes and the federal government, until now there has been no comprehensive history of these treaties and their role in American life. Francis Paul Prucha, a leading authority on the history of American Indian affairs, argues that the treaties were a political anomaly from the very beginning. The term "treaty" implies a contract between sovereign independent nations, yet Indians were always in a position of inequality and dependence as negotiators, a fact that complicates their current attempts to regain their rights and tribal sovereignty. Prucha's impeccably researched book, based on a close analysis of every treaty, makes possible a thorough understanding of a legal dilemma whose legacy is so palpably felt today.
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Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/25/1988
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|Used in Footnotes|
|Introduction: The Anomaly of Indian Treaties|
|A Treaty System|
|The Revolutionary War Years|
|Treaties of Peace after the Revolution|
|Treaty-Making Procedures under the Constitution|
|Confirming the Procedures: Other Treaties in the 1790s|
|Instruments Of Federal Policy|
|Testing the Treaty System: 1800 to the War of 1812|
|A Position of Dominance: The War of 1812 and After|
|Indian Removal and the Debate about Treaty Making|
|The Removal Period in the North|
|Patterns in Treaty Making|
|Treaties in the Expanding West|
|The Civil War Decade|
|The End of Treaty Making|
|The Collapse of the Treaty System|
|Renewal: The Twentieth Century|
|Treaties in the New Century|
|Treaties before the Supreme Court|
|Index Picture Credits|