American Indian Constitutions and Their Influence on the United States Constitution

Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 159, No. 1, March 2015

25 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2016

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Robert J. Miller

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Date Written: March 1, 2016

Abstract

This paper analyzes modern-day American Indian constitutionalism. It describes the development of written constitutions by Indian nations and primarily focuses on constitutions developed since 1934 under the auspices of the federal Indian Reorganization Act. This paper also briefly examines the evidence that American Indian political philosophies, and traditional tribal governmental structures and ideas, influenced many of the Founding Fathers and the drafting of the United States Constitution.

Keywords: American Indian constitutions, indigenous political theories, Indian influence on the U.S. Constitution, American Indian governance structures

Suggested Citation

Miller, Robert J., American Indian Constitutions and Their Influence on the United States Constitution (March 1, 2016). Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 159, No. 1, March 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2739936 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2739936

Robert J. Miller (Contact Author)

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