American Indian Law: When Two Sovereigns Collide

In this episode of Reasonably Speaking, renowned experts on American Indian law and policy, Matthew Fletcher (MSU Law) and Wenona Singel (Office of Governor, Michigan) discuss the nuanced and highly complex field of American Indian Law. They begin by covering the history of tribal sovereignty, and discuss the rights of American Indians as both tribal citizens and U.S. citizens. Then they explore jurisdiction across border lines in a criminal context, as well as discuss the history of violence against native women, and why, until recently, prosecution has been so difficult. The history of and current U.S. court challenges to the Indian Child Welfare Act are also examined.

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Published: 2020