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Pagans in the Promised Land - Book
Pagans in the Promised Land - Book
 
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An analysis of how religious bias shaped U.S. federal Indian law.

"Pagans in the Promised Land" provides a unique, well-researched challenge to
U.S. federal Indian law and policy. It attacks the presumption that American
Indian nations are legitimately subject to the plenary power of the United
States. Author Steve Newcomb puts forth a startling theory that U.S. federal
Indian law and policy are premised on Old Testament narratives of the chosen
people and the promised land, as exemplified in the 1823 Supreme Court ruling
Johnson v. McIntosh, that the first "Christian people" to "discover" lands
inhabited by "natives, who were heathens," have an ultimate title to and
dominion over these lands and peoples. This important addition to legal
scholarship asserts there is no separation of church and state in the United
States, so long as U.S. federal Indian law and policy are premised on the
ancient religious distinctions between "Christians" and "heathens."

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