HIST 368 Spring 2015 Development of American Indian Law & Policy (D)

Cross Listed as AMST311
In this course, we will conceptualize Native peoples as nations, not merely racial/ethnic minorities. Students will learn about the unique legal landscape in Indian Country by charting the historical development of tribal governments and the ever-changing body of U.S. law and policy that regulates Indian affairs. We begin by studying Indigenous legal traditions, the European doctrine of discovery, and diplomatic relations between Native nations and European empires. We then shift our focus to treaty-making, the constitutional foundations of federal Indian law, 19th century U.S. Supreme Court decisions, and the growth of the federal bureaucracy in Indian Country. The course devotes considerable attention to the expansion of tribal governmental authority during the 20th century, the contemporary relationship between Indian tribes and the federal/state governments, and the role of federal Indian law as both a tool of U.S. colonial domination and a mechanism for protecting the interests of Indigenous communities. No prior background in law or Native American history is required.
Class Format: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based upon short papers, group work, and in-class essay exams
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: American Studies majors and History majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada,JLST Interdepartmental Electives
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 3046
HIST 368 - 01 (S) LEC Dev of Am Indian Law & Policy (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Doug Kiel
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM Hollander 140 3046
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