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Drawing from forty-five years of experience, E. Richard Hart elucidates the use of history as expert testimony in American Indian tribal litigation. Such lawsuits deal with aboriginal territory; hunting, fishing, and plant gathering rights; reservation boundaries; water rights; federal recognition; and other questions that have a historical basis. The methodology necessary to assemble successful expert testimony for tribes is complex and demanding and the legal cases have serious implications for many thousands of people, perhaps for generations.

Hart, a historian who has testified in cases that have resulted in roughly a billion dollars in judgments, uses specific cases to explain at length what kind of historical research and documentation is necessary for tribes seeking to protect and claim their rights under United States law. He demonstrates the legal questions that Native Americans face by exploring the cultural history and legal struggles of six Indian nations. He recounts how these were addressed by expert testimony grounded in thorough historical understanding, research, and argumentation. The case studies focus on the Wenatchi, Coeur d’Alene, Hualapai, Amah Mutsun, Klamath, and Zuni peoples but address issues relevant to many American tribes. 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: Indian History in the Courts
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Part I. Coeur d’Alene
  1. 1. Coeur d’Alene: Introduction
  2. pp. 11-13
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  1. 2. Ownership of Coeur d’Alene Lake: Tribal Sovereignty and the Equal Footing Doctrine
  2. pp. 14-23
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  1. 3. The Dawes Act and the Permanency of Executive- Order Reservations
  2. pp. 24-49
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  1. 4. Coeur d’Alene: Postscript
  2. pp. 50-52
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  1. Part II. Wenatchi
  1. 5. Wenatchi: Introduction
  2. pp. 55-61
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  1. 6. The History of the Wenatchi Fishing Reservation
  2. pp. 62-88
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  1. 7. Wenatchi: Postscript
  2. pp. 89-90
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  1. Part III. Amah Mutsun
  1. 8. Amah Mutsun: Introduction
  2. pp. 93-95
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  1. 9. Federal Recognition of Native American Tribes: The Case of California’s Amah Mutsun of Mission San Juan Bautista
  2. pp. 96-128
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  1. 10. Amah Mutsun: Postscript
  2. pp. 129-136
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  1. Part IV. Hualapai
  1. 11. Hualapai: Introduction
  2. pp. 139-142
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  1. 12. The Western Boundary of the Hualapai Indian Reservation
  2. pp. 143-176
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  1. 13. Hualapai: Postscript
  2. pp. 177-178
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  1. Part V. Water History and Native American Water Basin Adjudication
  1. 14. Water History and Native Americans
  2. pp. 181-189
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  1. 15. The Adjudication of Three Tribes’ Water Rights
  2. pp. 190-205
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  1. Afterword: Outcomes for Tribes and Expert Witnesses
  2. pp. 206-220
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 221-274
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 275-326
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 327-339
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781607815969
Related ISBN
9781607815952
MARC Record
OCLC
995162607
Pages
351
Launched on MUSE
2018-03-06
Language
English
Open Access
No
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