The Non-Indian Problem and the Revitalization of Tribal Sovereignty

Lecture Description

In the early 1970s, many American Indians came to believe that their tribal governments could and should govern everyone within their reservations. When the tribes did assert jurisdiction over non-Indians, they significantly raised the stakes in the long-running negotiation of Indians’ relationship to the United States. The Indians’ belief in their broad governing powers and their determination to act accordingly arose from specific local histories of threats to their reserved resources, but the fate of their bids for jurisdiction depended on lawyers’ and judges’ interpretation of a very different history.


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