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Broken Landscape: Indians, Indian Tribes, and the Constitution

Frank Pommersheim


This book is a chronicle of Indian tribal sovereignty under the United States Constitution and the way that legislators have interpreted and misinterpreted tribal sovereignty since the nation's founding. The author offers a novel and deeply researched synthesis of this legal history from colonial times to the present, confronting the failures of constitutional analysis in contemporary Indian law jurisprudence. The author demonstrates that the federal government has repeatedly failed to respect the Constitution's recognition of tribal sovereignty. Instead, it has favored excessive, unaccountabl ... More

Keywords: Indian tribe, tribal sovereignty, United States Constitution, Indian law jurisprudence, federal government, federal power

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199915736
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199915736.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank Pommersheim, author
Professor of Law, University of South Dakota

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