Fletcher on NY Times Room for Debate: American Indians Seek Control, Not Just Payment


America’s moral debts to African-Americans and American Indians are shockingly deep and wide. African Americans point to slavery, Black Codes, Jim Crow, and redlining. And American Indians point to land and resources theft, boarding schools, and cultural and religious persecution. But while African-Americans eye individual payments, Indian tribes seek control over lands and natural resources taken from them by the United States and state governments. The advantage in the tribal strategy is to make Uncle Sam the bad guy. African-American strategists should take note. 

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New Book: Reparations for Indigenous Peoples (Oxford)

Here’s the link to the book, a collection of essays edited by Federico Lenzerini, and published by Oxford. And here are a few interesting chapters:

Gerald Torres, “Indigenous Peoples, Afro-Indigenous Peoples and Reparations”

David C. Williams, “In Praise of Guilt: How the Yearning for Moral Purity Blocks Reparations for Native Americans”

Sarah Krakoff and Kristen Carpenter, “Repairing Reparations in the American Indian Nation Context”

Reparations for Neglect of Indigenous Land Rights at the Intersection of Domestic and International Law — The Maya Cases”

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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