A New Challenge to Old Assumptions
This introductory chapter briefly discusses the interactions between the Native American Indian tribes and the United States of America. It analyzes these encounters through the lens of four primary themes: commerce and land acquisition, diplomacy and war, cultural difference, and physical separation. The chapter also looks at how the United States Congress reacted to this increased cooperation by enacting laws to recognize tribal sovereignty, and how it disregarded this through the judiciary by citing landmark cases such as Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock. In addition, this chapter examines the role of past historical events in Indian law and affairs concerning the issue of tribal sovereignty, and looks into how these could help present matters.
Keywords: Native American Indian tribes, United States of America, land acquisition, diplomacy, cultural difference, physical separation, US Congress, US Judiciary, Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock, tribal sovereignty
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