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Felix Cohen, Anti-Semitism and American Indian Law

American Indian Law Review, Vol. 33, 2009

Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 09-03

19 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2009 Last revised: 6 Jul 2010

Kevin K. Washburn

University of New Mexico - School of Law

Date Written: February 6, 2009

Abstract

Felix Cohen and his work and legacy are discussed in several new books, including an important intellectual biography of Cohen by Dalia Tsuk Mitchell. Using the Mitchell biography as a starting point, this essay discusses an important episode in Cohen's life, involving apparent anti-Semitism at the Department of Justice. Because the episode is not fully explored in this otherwise excellent biography, Cohen and his motivations in Indian law remain a mystery in some respects. The essay also discusses some of the paradoxes of Cohen's key involvement in federal Indian policy and the contemporary importance of some of his legacies in American Indian law.

Keywords: Federal Indian law, Native American law, anti-Semitism, jurisprudence, tribal constitutions, tribal consultation

Suggested Citation

Washburn, Kevin K., Felix Cohen, Anti-Semitism and American Indian Law (February 6, 2009). American Indian Law Review, Vol. 33, 2009; Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 09-03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1338795

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