Monthly Archives: November 2006

Basic Indian Law principles

Indian law is a complicated body of federal and tribal laws.  It impacts life and the activities of Indians and non-Indians on the millions of acres of land within the United States that today make up “Indian country.”  Please click on … Continue reading

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Manifest Destiny

The phrase Manifest Destiny was apparently first applied to American territorial expansion in 1845.  It was coined by the journalist John L. O’Sullivan.  In July 1845, he wrote an editorial entitled “Annexation” in the United States Magazine and Democratic Review and applied … Continue reading

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Jefferson and the Doctrine of Discovery

Thomas Jefferson demonstrated an understanding and avid use of the Doctrine of Discovery throughout his legal and political careers.  He was the architect of the removal policy of Indian affairs and exercised the government’s Discovery authority over the Indian Nations.  He created … Continue reading

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The Doctrine of Discovery

The Doctrine of Discovery From 1492 forward, European countries and the United States justified their dealings with the natives and American Indian tribes in North and South America under the “doctrine of discovery.” Under this principle, the European country that … Continue reading

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American Indian assistance to Lewis & Clark

Seattle Post-Intelligencer Sunday, May 9, 2004 P-I Focus: Native beneficence Time and time again, American Indians came to the aid of the Corps of Discovery as it pushed westward to the Pacific ROBERT J. MILLER The Lewis and Clark Expedition … Continue reading

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Lewis & Clark, the Doctrine of Discovery, and American Indians

Seattle Post-Intelligencer  Wednesday, January 28, 2004 Lewis & Clark helped rob American Indians By ROBERT J. MILLER PROFESSOR Meriwether Lewis and William Clark sit high in the pantheon of American folk heroes. Even today, Lewis and Clark are viewed as … Continue reading

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"one of the most important books to come out of the [Lewis & Clark] observances."

“There’s a  book by a Native American lawyer just published on the subject [manifest destiny]: Native America, Discovered and Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis & Clark, and Manifest Destiny by Robert J. Miller. It’s one of my Top 50 Lewis and Clark … Continue reading

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