Lorie Graham on Reparations

Lorie Graham just published her paper, “Reparations, Self-Determination, and the Seventh Generation” (SSRN link), with the Harvard Human Rights Journal. From the intro:

Indigenous teachings on law and family help define our responsibility toward future generations and how the decisions that we make today can impact the wellbeing of each generation to come. This message is particularly relevant in this time of climate change, warfare, and lack of respect for basic human rights. So too is it an important message as we reflect upon the thirtieth anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (“ICWA”) and look to the future. We are just over one generation removed from this landmark legislation–legislation that I will argue in this article constitutes partial reparations for human rights violations committed against Native peoples and their children. According to the Haudenosaunee’s Great Law of Peace, we have six more generations to consider before we can truly understand the full impact of this law.

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