By Frank Pommersheim
Broken Landscape is a sweeping chronicle of Indian tribal sovereignty less than the USA structure and how that criminal research and perform have interpreted and misinterpreted tribal sovereignty because the nation's founding. The structure formalized the connection among Indian tribes and the U.S. government--a dating cast via a protracted background of warfare and land usurpation--within a federal constitution no longer reflected within the traditions of tribal governance. even though the structure well-known the sovereignty of Indian international locations, it didn't defend tribes opposed to the tides of nationwide enlargement and exploitation
As Broken Landscape demonstrates, the government has again and again didn't recognize the Constitution's popularity of tribal sovereignty. as a substitute, it has favorite over the top, unaccountable authority in its dealings with tribes. The ideally suited court docket has strayed from its Constitutional roots besides, continuously issuing judgements over centuries that experience strengthened federal strength over the tribes.
Frank Pommersheim, certainly one of America's major students in Indian tribal legislation, deals a unique and deeply researched synthesis of this criminal heritage from colonial instances to the current, confronting the disasters of constitutional research in modern Indian legislations jurisprudence. last with a suggestion for a Constitutional modification that may reaffirm tribal sovereignty, Pommersheim demanding situations us to eventually accord Indian tribes and Indian humans the honour and dignity which are their due.
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