Indian as Race/Indian as Political Status: Implementation of the Half-Blood Requirement Under the Indian Reorganization Act, 1934-1945

12 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2007  

Paul Spruhan

Independent

Abstract

The paper discusses through archival research the Bureau of Indian Affairs' program to identify Indians of one-half blood or more under the Indian Reorganization Act from 1934 to 1945. The history of this program is analyzed within the context of the modern Supreme Court's equal protection jurisprudence concerning whether Indians are a racial group, a political group, or, potentially, something else.

Keywords: Indians, race, blood quantum, Indian law

Suggested Citation

Spruhan, Paul, Indian as Race/Indian as Political Status: Implementation of the Half-Blood Requirement Under the Indian Reorganization Act, 1934-1945. Rutgers Race and the Law Review, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1051501

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