Shadow Nations with N. Bruce Duthu

Native American tribes have long been recognized as “domestic, dependent nations” in the United States, with powers of self-government that operate within the tribes’ sovereign territories. Yet, over the years, Congress, and more recently, the US Supreme Court, have steadily eroded these tribal powers, moving the US away from its early promise of pluralism toward empire. Instead of enjoying the nation-to-nation relationships established during America’s formative years, Native American tribes withstood war, forced removal, land allotment, and urban relocation policies that eroded sovereignty and impeded self-governance.

In the 21st century, how might the Native and non-Native societies that cohabit in our nation learn from this history and work together to revitalize the pluralism on which the United States was founded?

This program will be hosted live on Zoom and also available as a recording on Facebook and YouTube. Registration is required.

N. Bruce Duthu is the Samson Occom Professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. An enrolled member of the United Houma Nation, Professor Duthu is the author of American Indians and the Law and Shadow Nations: Tribal Sovereignty and the Limits of Legal Pluralism.


Mar 23 2021


6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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