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By Prof. Gerald Vizenor, Jill Doerfler, David E. Wilkins

ISBN-10: 0803240791

ISBN-13: 9780803240797

The White Earth state of Anishinaabeg Natives ratified in 2009 a new structure, the 1st indigenous democratic structure, on a reservation in Minnesota. Many local constitutions have been written by means of the government, and with little wisdom of the folks and cultures. The White Earth state got down to create a structure that mirrored its personal tradition. The ensuing rfile offers a transparent local viewpoint on sovereignty, self sustaining governance, conventional management values, and the significance of person and human rights.

This quantity comprises the textual content of the structure of the White Earth country; an advent through David E. Wilkins, a felony and political pupil who used to be a unique advisor to the White Earth Constitutional conference; an essay via Gerald Vizenor, the delegate and primary author of the structure of the White Earth kingdom; and articles first released in Anishinaabeg Today by means of Jill Doerfler, who coordinated and took part within the deliberations and ratification of the structure. jointly those essays and the textual content of the structure offer direct perception into the method of the delegate deliberations, the writing and ratification of this groundbreaking record, and the present constitutional, criminal, and political debates approximately new constitutions.

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James Madison, the august political philosopher and principal author of the Constitution of the United States, observed in The Federalist X that the “diversity in the faculties of men from which the rights of property originate, is no less an insuperable obstacle to uniformity of interests. ” The protection of “unequal faculties” and the sentiments in the acquisition of property “ensues a division of the society” into various interests. “Those who hold, and those who are without property, have ever formed distinct interests in society.

Its conception of politics and national power has become so ingrained in the American political consciousness that few realize the extent to which they have absorbed a particular theory of the Constitution. “A theory is not, however, a constitution. ” Continental Liberty Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce surrendered with dignity to General Nelson Miles on October 5, 1877, in the Bear Paw Mountains, Montana Territory. The august Native leader was designated the Red Napoleon by General William Tecumseh Sherman, a brutish and sardonic nickname.

The notion of citizen sovereignty was converted to the notion of the federal government as the source of power and authority. ” That sovereign grant of legislative power was not the same as the collective sovereignty of the citizens of the thirteen original states. ” The Articles of Confederation provided no such grants or prescribed powers of the government. Merchants, bankers, and investment speculators would directly benefit from these new powers of the federal national government. ” However, he continued, “this does not mean that the framers or the ratifiers were motivated by a greedy desire .

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