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Broken LandscapeIndians, Indian Tribes, and the Constitution$
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Frank Pommersheim

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199915736

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199915736.001.0001

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Second Opportunity

Second Opportunity

The Structure and Architecture of the Constitution

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Broken Landscape

Frank Pommersheim

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the need of the newly formed union to establish a functioning republic and how this affected Native American Indian tribal sovereignty. It examines how the Constitutional Convention of 1787 rethought the structure of the federal government in relation to states, which includes the Indian tribes. This chapter also looks at how the newly formed Constitution affected tribal sovereignty and India law. It discusses the Iroquois Confederacy which adopted rules of governance in what became known as the Haudenosaunee Constitution, or the Great Law of Peace.

Keywords:   Native American Indian tribes, tribal sovereignty, Constitutional Convention 1787, US Constitution, Great Law of Peac, Iroquois Confederacy, Haudenosanee Constitution

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