HIST382-02C American Indian Treaty Rights, Sovereignty, and Self-Determination (with Maria John)
Recently, treaty rights, sovereignty, and self-determination emerged as critical to the survival of American Indian communities and nations. Proactive Native individuals fighting the federal government's efforts to terminate its trust relationship with tribes and advocating for a distinct place in modern American society shaped the emergence of these ideas after World War II. Yet the history of these concepts predates the casinos, activist occupations, fish-ins, and community meetings of the twentieth century. This course examines the longer history in order to understand better the importance of American Indian sovereignty and self-determination today.