p. 31. The legal history of Indian tribes
- G. Edward White
‘The legal history of Indian tribes’ considers the most fundamental theme of American legal history in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries – the interaction of European settlers with the aboriginal tribes who inhabited the North American continent. The history of the legal treatment of American Indian tribes can be divided into distinct phases of settler-tribal accommodation. In all but the last phase, the interaction between tribes and settlers disadvantaged the tribes. The contact phase, postcontact phases, and the changing legal relationships between the settlers and the Amerindian tribes are described as well as the restoration of the rights and interests of the American Indian tribes in the twenty-first century.