The Racial Discourse of Federal Indian Law

27 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2007

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Lorie Graham

Suffolk University Law School


This paper provides a critique of Professor Williams' newest book, Like a Loaded Weapon: The Rehnquist Court, Indian Rights and the Legal History of Racism in America. In particular, it analyzes a recent Supreme Court decision - City of Sherrill v. Oneida - to demonstrate how engrained the ideology of inferiority is in the Court's federal Indian law jurisprudence. This paper further examines Professor Williams' attempt to reconstitute federal Indian law in a manner more consistent with international human rights law, discussing the many complexities that accompany such an approach.

Suggested Citation

Graham, Lorie, The Racial Discourse of Federal Indian Law. Tulsa Law Review, Vol. 42, p. 103, 2006, Available at SSRN:

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