By Frank Pommersheim
Broken Landscape is a sweeping chronicle of Indian tribal sovereignty lower than the U.S. structure and how that felony research and perform have interpreted and misinterpreted tribal sovereignty because the nation's founding. The structure formalized the connection among Indian tribes and the us government--a courting cast via a protracted historical past of battle and land usurpation--within a federal constitution now not reflected within the traditions of tribal governance. even though the structure well-known the sovereignty of Indian countries, it didn't guard tribes opposed to the tides of nationwide growth and exploitation
As Broken Landscape demonstrates, the government has time and again didn't appreciate the Constitution's acceptance of tribal sovereignty. as an alternative, it has favourite over the top, unaccountable authority in its dealings with tribes. The best courtroom has strayed from its Constitutional roots to boot, continually issuing judgements over centuries that experience strengthened federal energy over the tribes.
Frank Pommersheim, considered one of America's top students in Indian tribal legislation, deals a unique and deeply researched synthesis of this criminal historical past from colonial occasions to the current, confronting the disasters of constitutional research in modern Indian legislations jurisprudence. remaining with an offer for a Constitutional modification that may reaffirm tribal sovereignty, Pommersheim demanding situations us to eventually accord Indian tribes and Indian humans the dignity and dignity which are their due.
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46 While the Th e H awa i i a n R ev o lu t i o n, 1893 39 summer recess—during which anyone who could do so took the earliest possible opportunity to escape the heat and humidity of Washington— delayed the Cleveland administration’s action on Blount’s report, the return to work in October saw a revival of interest from several members of the cabinet, particularly Gresham and Olney. The decision, when it came, was informed by three major documents: Blount’s final report, Richard Olney’s letter to Gresham of October 9, and Gresham’s memorandum prepared for the cabinet meeting of October 18.
Broken Landscape: Indians, Indian Tribes, and the Constitution by Frank Pommersheim