The Racial Discourse of Federal Indian Law
27 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2007
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.
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