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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 Indian Claims Commission: Its Politics and Operations

. The Indian Claims Commission: Its Politics and Operations

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(p.96) 5. The Indian Claims Commission: Its Politics and Operations
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Hollow Justice
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David E. Wilkins

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300119268.003.0005

This chapter looks at the activities of the Indian Claims Commission (ICC) and examines in details the problems it faced. At the time of the enactment of the Indian Claims Commission Act (ICCA), the process of claim settlement sounded perfectly feasible. But implementing it proved far more difficult than anyone had imagined. Problems surfaced immediately and continued to plague the commission throughout its existence. The commission, partly as a result of inexperience, committed a number of errors and made policy decisions during its early years, some of which had a devastating impact on Native nations. This reality has left Native Americans with countless compelling, unresolved moral claims, and little hope of satisfactory resolution in US courts or political forums.

Keywords:   Indian Claims Commission, ICC, policy decisions, Native nations, moral claims, US courts

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