Diversely Native

Federal Lawyer, June 2015, Forthcoming

5 Pages Posted: 22 May 2015 Last revised: 2 Jun 2015

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Bethany Berger

University of Connecticut School of Law

Date Written: May 20, 2015


This short article considers the distinctive challenges of respecting diversity when it comes to Native people. These challenges range from the trivial (disputes over politically correct terminology) to the fundamental (refusal to accept the governmental status of Indian tribes). The article outlines the varied definitions of Indian-ness, their tangential relationship to race, the distinct manifestations of racism with respect to Indians, and equal protection in Indian affairs. It concludes with why respecting Native rights remains a “miner’s canary” in judging our national commitment to our democratic faith.

Keywords: diversity, American Indians, Native Americans, equal protection, racism

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Berger, Bethany, Diversely Native (May 20, 2015). Federal Lawyer, June 2015, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2608746

Bethany Berger (Contact Author)

University of Connecticut School of Law ( email )

65 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105
United States

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