The Original Understanding of the Indian Commerce Clause
66 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2008
The United States Congress claims plenary and exclusive power over federal affairs with the Indian tribes, based primarily on the Constitution's Indian Commerce Clause. This article is the first comprehensive analysis of the original meaning of, and understanding behind, that constitutional provision. The author concludes that, as originally understood, congressional power over the tribes was to be neither plenary nor exclusive.
Keywords: Constitutional Law, Indian Law, Native Americans, Indians, American Indians, Original Meaning, Original Understanding, Original Intent, Constitutional History, Commerce Clause, Commerce Power, Indian Reservations
JEL Classification: K1, K10, K19, K30, K39
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