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

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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, howeve ...more
Hardcover, 576 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Speaker's Corner (first published January 1st 2010)
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Efrem Sepulveda
Jul 22, 2011 Efrem Sepulveda rated it really liked it
As of this writing, there was a news story regarding members of the Navajo Nation that were charged with fraud regarding misuse of discretionary funds. In looking at the comments in the Yahoo News story, it is clear that the sympathy towards Native Americans is still low and they are looked upon with contempt. It pains me to read those comments given the fact that these people were given a raw deal for most the nation's history. Walter Echo-Hawk gives us an overview of court cases involving Nati ...more
Lisa
Jul 24, 2010 Lisa rated it it was amazing
This was a well written book. It was interesting to see what Walter Echo-Hawk chose as the 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided, because there are soooooo many. He gave great background on each of the cases. I studied Indian Law and was still surprised by some of the background information that I hadn't learned while in school. This book is not only for Indian law enthusiasts, but for the lay person as well. He gives basic information on the history of relationships between various tribes and ...more
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Nov 11, 2010 FrankO rated it it was amazing
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This book illuminates how little our judicial system, including the Supreme Court, has to do with justice. Echo-Hawk shows how the Supreme Court "legitimizes" the prejudices of the current society by interpreting the law to support those prejudices. Makes me realize that today's Supreme Court rules based on the prejudices of today and that real justice cannot be expected.

This book is a sad, almost unbelievable, story of white Americans attempts to legitimize what is essentially genocide of Nativ
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Kayti
May 15, 2016 Kayti rated it it was amazing
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Echohawk has a style of writing that takes the reader through not just a depiction of law, but a story of the history of a proud and sovereign people that are subjugated to unethical treatment and several violations of human rights now recognized by the United Nations. Echohawk gives a unique perspective that also informs the reader about a variety of cases, including Tee-Hit-Ton v. United States and Johnson v. M'Intosh--cases still cited today for presiding, active laws.
Sarah Caligiuri
May 04, 2014 Sarah Caligiuri rated it it was amazing
Echo-Hawk is a magnificent writer, very articulate and an expert in Federal Indian Law. His research and experience is extensive. A fascinating read. He is one of the greatest Federal Indian lawyers of our time.
Arielle W
Apr 21, 2016 Arielle W rated it really liked it
Repetitive at times, but informative. Describes the cases so laypersons can understand. It's hard to pick just ten cases--there are so many that could be the worst!
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I'm proud to know that my tribe has some of the baddest lawyers this side of Indian country. Turahe!
Paul
Dec 24, 2016 Paul rated it really liked it
A sad but true recounting of how badly the US government has systematically mistreated our indigenous hosts.
Alice
Oct 12, 2016 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me two months, but I finally finished. Whew. Echo-Hawk goes into a lot fewer legal details than I was expecting; he really focuses on the broad impact of the cases.
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Extremely well researched.
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