By Frank Pommersheim
Broken Landscape is a sweeping chronicle of Indian tribal sovereignty less than the us structure and how that criminal research and perform have interpreted and misinterpreted tribal sovereignty because the nation's founding. The structure formalized the connection among Indian tribes and the USA government--a dating solid via a protracted heritage of battle and land usurpation--within a federal constitution now not reflected within the traditions of tribal governance. even if the structure famous the sovereignty of Indian countries, it didn't shield tribes opposed to the tides of nationwide enlargement and exploitation
As Broken Landscape demonstrates, the government has time and again didn't recognize the Constitution's attractiveness of tribal sovereignty. as an alternative, it has preferred over the top, unaccountable authority in its dealings with tribes. The perfect court docket has strayed from its Constitutional roots besides, constantly issuing judgements over centuries that experience reinforced federal energy over the tribes.
Frank Pommersheim, one in every of America's top students in Indian tribal legislation, bargains a singular and deeply researched synthesis of this felony heritage from colonial occasions to the current, confronting the mess ups of constitutional research in modern Indian legislations jurisprudence. last with an offer for a Constitutional modification that may reaffirm tribal sovereignty, Pommersheim demanding situations us to eventually accord Indian tribes and Indian humans the honour and dignity which are their due.