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Crow Dog's Case

Crow Dog's Case
American Indian Sovereignty, Tribal Law, and United States Law in the Nineteenth Century

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Part of Studies in North American Indian History

  • Date Published: February 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521467155

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  • Crow Dog's Case is the first social history of American Indians' role in the making of American law. The book sheds new light on Native American struggles for sovereignty and justice in nineteenth century America. This "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.

    • The only social history of American Indian law available
    • Illustrates a great deal about the lives of American Indians
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Regardless of differences in historical interpretation, few will doubt Harring's conclusions. He has shed insights into nineteenth century tribal legal processes, and that alone is a worthy contribution to legal scholarship of nineteenth century Native American history and he accomplished that task by writing an informative, questioning story." Richmond L. Clow, Great Plains Research

    "...a trenchant reminder of the absolutely central role that history--for better or worse--plays in the enterprise of Indian Law." Frank Pommersheim, Journal of American History

    "...provides a valuable foundation for understanding the complexities of the legal relationship between the federal government and Indian tribes....Harring's work shows what a rich field of study this can be." Raymond J. DeMallie, Indiana Magazine of History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521467155
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 232 x 151 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. A High Pretension of Savage Sovereignty
    2. Corn Tassell: State and Federal Conflict over Tribal Sovereignty
    3. American Indian Law and the Indian Nations: The Creek Nation, 1870–1900
    4. Crow Dog's Case
    5. Imposed Law and Forced Assimilation: The Legal Impact of the Major crimes Act and the Kamaga Decision
    6. Sitting Bull and Clapox: The Application of Bia Law to Indians Outside of the Major Crimes Act
    7. The Struggle for Tribal Sovereignty in Alaska, 1867–1900
    8. The Legal Structuring of Violence: American Law and the Indian Wars
    9. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Sidney L. Harring, City University of New York

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