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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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Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock

Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock

The Birth of Plenary Power, Incorporation, and an Extraconstitutional Regime

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Broken Landscape

Frank Pommersheim

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock, a case on which modern Indian law remains contingent on. It looks into Lone Wolf's background by considering federal law's expansion and allotment into Indian reservations for settlement. It describes how the western expansion placed enormous pressure on Indian territories and considers its motives. It discusses the provisions of the General Allotment Act or Dawes Severalty Act, which spurred Lone Wolf into going into court. The chapter also describes the effects of the Allotment Act, including the loss of millions of acres by the Indian tribes to the settlers.

Keywords:   Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock, Indian law, federal law, Indian reservations, western expansion, United States of America, General Allotment Act

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