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The (In)Equities of Federal Indian Law


Kathryn Fort


Michigan State University - College of Law


MSU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 04-24
The Federal Lawyer, Vol. 54, No. 32

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In 2005, the Supreme Court used the equitable defenses of laches, acquiescence and impossibility to dismiss the Oneida Indian Nation's request to remove its land from city tax roles. Later cases have extended the use of these defenses into other New York land claims. This article traces the historical origins of these three defenses, the origins of equity in England and the United States and provides some suggestions to Indian law practitioners bringing either land claims or treaty rights cases.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 13

Keywords: Indian, tribe, land claim, equity, laches

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Date posted: January 26, 2007  

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Fort, Kathryn, The (In)Equities of Federal Indian Law. MSU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 04-24 ; The Federal Lawyer, Vol. 54, No. 32. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=959451

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Michigan State University - College of Law ( email )
318 Law College Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
United States
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