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Hollow JusticeA History of Indigenous Claims in the United States$
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David E. Wilkins

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300119268

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300119268.001.0001

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. The Struggle to Create an Indian Claims Commission

. The Struggle to Create an Indian Claims Commission

(p.39) 3. The Struggle to Create an Indian Claims Commission
Hollow Justice

David E. Wilkins

Yale University Press

The losses in terms of territory, political rights, legal rights, culture, and mental health sustained by Native Americans were huge. These losses continued once the US was formally established. The government's failure to live up to its treaty and trust obligations with Native nations constitutes one of the gravest depredations committed against tribes. This chapter documents the struggles of the aboriginal peoples to attain a mechanism by which to redress their many grievances. One of their main obstacles was lack of political support. The chapter looks at the 1930, 1935, 1945, and 1946 Hearings in turn culminating in a Bill in 1946 for the creation of an Indian Claims Commission.

Keywords:   territory, legal rights, Native Americans, grievances, Indian Claims Commission, Hearings

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