Anthropology | Tribes and the Legal Tribe: Historical Dimensions of Contemporary American Indian Issues
A205 | 28486 | Riall

How does a civil suit between two Euro-Americans, each claiming to own
the same land, end up setting the stage for centuries of American
Indian policy in the U.S.?  And how is it that some people came to be
morally entitled to nations, while others were not?  Students will
explore the 18th and 19th Century legal decisions, doctrines, and
declarations of all sorts that left American Indian, Alaska Native,
and Native Hawaiians where they are today.  As we look for the
historic roots of today's American Indian policy in sometimes bizarre
places, we'll keep in mind questions of nationhood:  What is it?  who
has it?
who can get it?...and who decides?