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Behind the Trail Of Broken Treaties: An Indian Declaration of Independence
Behind the Trail Of Broken Treaties An Indian Declaration of Independence Author:Vine Deloria, Jr. Vine Deloria, Jr., is generally recognized as the leading Indian spokesman of the day. BEHIND THE TRAIL OF BROKEN TREATIES thus takes on an added dimension as the author proposes the role that the United States government must assume in its future relations with the Indian tribes. Of fundamental and cardinal importance is the recognition by the ... more »government that all Indians must be governed by treaty relations, both through the honoring of past treaties and the instituting of new ones.
After reviewing the dismal record of betrayal, breach of faith, and political expediency that has characterized the federal government's relations with Indians in the past, the author dramatically proposes and urges that Congress define the Indian tribes as small nations under the protection of the United States with an inherent right as such to their own political and cultural existence.« less