In the Courts of the Conqueror: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided

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In the Courts of the Conqueror: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided

  • Paperback
  • Fulcrum Publishing (2012)
  • SKU: 9781555913847
Regular price $24.95
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"In the Courts of the Conqueror is written with such passion, wit, and candor that I literally can't put this book down. Even though it is heavy. True, it is painful to come to terms with the truth about what happens in the court system, particularly the Supreme Court. It is even more difficult to resist the flow of history and precedent and re-imaging a society based on justice. Patricia N. Limerick says in her introduction that this book is "an effective challenge to the fatalistic school of history." As such, while reading it you may be outraged and startled — but the fact that it, and the writer, exist and fight on gives one hope. Plus, a fascinating read." ~ Louise Erdrich

The fate of Native Americans has been dependent in large part upon the recognition and enforcement of their legal, political, property, and cultural rights as indigenous peoples by American courts. Most people think that the goal of the judiciary, and especially the US Supreme Court, is to achieve universal notions of truth and justice. In this in-depth examination, however, Walter Echo-Hawk reveals the troubling fact that American law has rendered legal the destruction of Native Americans and their culture.

Echo-Hawk analyzes ten cases that embody or expose the roots of injustice and highlight the use of nefarious legal doctrines. He delves into the dark side of the courts, calling for a paradigm shift in American legal thinking. Each case study includes historical, contemporary, and political context from a Native American perspective, and the case’s legacy on Native America. In the Courts of the Conqueror is a comprehensive history of Indian Country from a new and unique viewpoint. It is a vital contribution to American history.

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