The Treaty Between the United States and the Navajo Tribe
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The paper sets out to show that the treaty signed between the United States Government and the Navajo tribe in 1863 was more humane and considerate of the interests of the Navajo people as opposed to those of the US government. The paper claims that this was the exception rather than the rule and provides a comparison between the 1863 US/Navajo treaty and the US/Western Shoshone treaty signed in the same year which effectively ended the cultural framework of that tribe.
From the Paper:"Although it is fair to say that most of the treaties created between the United States government and the former rulers of the Americas, the native tribes, were inequitable and favored the interests of the American government rather than the native populace, it would be unfair to say that all of them were equally inequitable. For example, the 1863 Treaty between the United States and the Navajo Tribe of Indians showed more consideration for the native tribes on reservations, giving them land and the watchful oversight of a commissioner to protect the members of the tribe against injustices. This is in profound contrast to the earlier 1863 United States Treaty with the Western Shoshone, which made the concessions supposedly granted by the American government entirely upon the good will of the President. Specific provisions were not detailed in the language of the treaty and it called the members of the native tribes 'bad' (i.e. savages), rather than equal negotiating parties. Its language was formulaic, rather than took into consideration the unique nature of the tribe and its rights."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Harring, By Sidney L. White Man's Law: Native People in Nineteenth-Century Canadian Jurisprudence. Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998
- Hopkins, John Christian. "For the Navajo, Treaty is Testimony to Leaders." The Independent. June 2007. March 30, 2009. http://www.gallupindependent.com/2007/june/060806jch_treatyistestimnt.html
- United States Treaty Between the United States of America and the Navajo Tribe of Indians.Historic Documents. March 30, 2009.http://reta.nmsu.edu/modules/longwalk/lesson/document/treaty.htm#article1
- United States Treaty with the Western Shoshoni, 1863. Native Web. October 1, 1863. March 30, 2009. http://www.nativeweb.org/pages/legal/shoshone/ruby_valley.html
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