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    Dismembering Natives: The Violence Done by Citizenship Fights

     In 1851 an exasperated Hugh Swinton Legare, the U.S. Attorney General, said “There is nothing in the whole compass of our laws so anomalous, so hard to bring within any precise definition, or any logical and scientific arrangement of principles, as the relation in which the Indians stand toward this government and those of the states.” While a great deal has changed over the last century and a half, there is still a substantial amount of veracity to Legare’s observations about the status of the 567 Native nations and their distinctive political, legal, and cultural relationships.



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