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American History

Native Americans and the Federal Power

July 29, 2021

The Major Crimes Act of 1885 defined the circumstances in which federal courts could intervene in crimes committed between Indians within reservation communities. But, in most instances, tribal self-government was ignored completely. […]

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American History

The Landmark Case of Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock

July 29, 2021

Congress passed the legislation in 1900 to move forward with the allotment of the Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache reservation. Relating the concept of plenary power specifically to the question of Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache treaty rights, the Supreme Court affirmed the unilateral power of Congress. This was a crippling blow to tribal sovereignty. […]

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American History

William Paterson and the New Jersey Plan

July 26, 2021

William Paterson took the floor at the beginning of the session on June 15, 1787. He had nine resolutions to submit, which would make up what would be called the New Jersey Plan. […]

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American History

Executing the Randolph Plan

July 26, 2021

Edmund Randolph wanted to correct the errors made by the authors of the Articles of Confederation. However, not everyone agreed to his restructuring of the Congress. […]

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