Last updated on: 7/23/2020 12:48:57 PM PST
Should the US Federal Government Honor Treaties with Native Americans?
The colonial British and US governments signed treaties with individual sovereign Native American nations between 1722 and 1832. The treaties were intended to establish borders around reservations and conditions of behavior between the US federal government and each nation. In 1871, Congress passed a bill banning new treaties but the legislation states that the US should honor all obligations within the treaties already signed. Many of the treaties have not only not been honored, but have been overridden by new laws.
Sources: African American Policy Forum, "Broken Treaties," aapf.org (accessed July 22, 2020) The Avalon Project, "Treaties between the United States and Native Americans," avalon.law.yale.edu (accessed July 22, 2020)
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