Cambridge studies in North American Indian history.
Publisher description: Crow's Dog Case is the first social history of American Indians' role in the making of American law. This book sheds new light on Native American struggles for sovereignty and justice in nineteenth-century America. The 'century of dishonor', a time when American Indians' lands were lost and their tribes reduced to reservations, provoked a wide variety of tribal responses. Some of the more successful responses were in the area of law, forcing the newly independent American legal order to create a unique place for Indian tribes in American law. Although the United States has a system of law structuring a unique position for American Indians, they have been left out of American legal history. Crow Dog, Crazy Snake, Sitting Bull, Bill Whaley, Tla-coo-yeo-oe, Isparhecher, Lone Wolf, and others had their own jurisprudence, kept alive by their own legal traditions.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
"This high pretension of savage sovereignty" Corn Tassel : state and federal conflict over tribal sovereignty U.S. Indian law and the Indian nations : the Creek Nation, 1870-1900 Crow Dog's case Imposed law and forced assimilation : the legal impact of the Major Crimes Act and the Kagama decision Sitting Bull and Clapox : the application of BIA law to Indians outside of the Major Crimes Act The struggle for tribal sovereignty in Alaska, 1867-1900 The legal structuring of violence : U.S. law and the Indian wars Conclusion.