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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Jess Arnett, Ph.D. Candidate in History, Workshop

Please join us for the Legal History Workshop with Jess Arnett, Ph.D. Candidate in History, "Sui Generis: William Paul, Sr. and the Limits of Settler Imperial Law" (paper attached)

Abstract:  This chapter examines how Tlingit lawyer William Paul Sr. leveraged important tensions in the relationship of Alaska Natives to the federal government in his pursuit of the 1935 Tlingit and Haida Jurisdictional Act and the 1936 Amendments to the Indian Reorganization Act. Paul simultaneously aligned the legal status of Alaska Natives with that of American Indian tribes of the contiguous states while maintaining strategic distinctions that heretofore had been wielded by territorial and federal officials in the disavowal of Alaska Native collective sovereignty. Turning these distinctions on their head, Paul exploited important vulnerabilities in the developing settler imperial legal framework in Alaska, creating new spaces from which Alaska Natives could make claims to land and exercise sovereignty.

Date:  Friday, March 3
Time:  9:00-10:30 am
Place: 1024 Heller Hall

Link to Paper