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By David E. Wilkins

"Like the miner's canary, the Indian marks the shift from clean air to poison fuel in our political surroundings; and our therapy of Indians, much more than our remedy of alternative minorities, displays the increase and fall in our democratic faith," wrote Felix S. Cohen, an early professional in Indian criminal affairs.

In this ebook, David Wilkins charts the "fall in our democratic religion" via fifteen landmark circumstances within which the preferrred courtroom considerably curtailed Indian rights. He bargains compelling facts that very best courtroom justices selectively used precedents and evidence, either historic and modern, to reach at judgements that experience undermined tribal sovereignty, legitimated immense tribal land losses, sanctioned the diminishment of Indian spiritual rights, and curtailed different rights as well.

These case studies—and their implications for all minority groups—make very important and troubling examining at a time whilst the excellent court docket is on the vortex of political and ethical advancements which are redefining the character of yankee executive, remodeling the connection among the criminal and political branches, and changing the very that means of federalism.

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