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Part IV Rights, Ch.33 Native Americans

Matthew L.M. Fletcher

From: The Oxford Handbook of the U.S. Constitution

Edited By: Mark Tushnet, Sanford Levinson, Mark A. Graber

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 07 August 2020

American Indian nations predate the formation of the United States. These nations governed themselves in accordance with their own customary laws and governance structures. For example, the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) nations of New York State and southern Ontario established a confederacy under a written constitution known as Gayanashagowa, the Great Law of Peace. Similarly, the Great Lakes Anishinaabek (Ottawa, Potawatomi, and Ojibwe) formed the Three Fires Confederacy, and banded together to conduct foreign relations with other tribal groups and, eventually,...
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