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NCJ Number: 120829 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Justice, Law, and Policy in Indian Country: A Historical Perspective
Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:17  Issue:5  Dated:(1989)  Pages:393-407
Author(s): K Peak
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 15
Type: Historical Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A historical analysis is presented of the American Indian criminal justice system, in the broader context of federal policy and case law that evolved for dealing with the "Indian problem."
Abstract: Specifically, the evolution of Indian police, courts, and corrections subsystems is delineated, including analysis of the myriad social problems that have plagued Indians, criminal justice practitioners, and Federal policymakers for centuries. The philosophical struggle between the traditional methods of Indian "justice" and the Americanized system, as imposed by the majority group, is also analyzed. It is concluded that Federal paternalism and vacillating policy decisions led to slavery, genocide, cultural conflict, and an Indian justice system that has been largely neglected since its inception. 41 references. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Indian affairs; Indian justice
Index Term(s): Reservation law enforcement; Tribal court system
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