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The Cultivation of ResentmentTreaty Rights and the New Right$
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Jeffrey R. Dudas

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758093

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758093.001.0001

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Mobilizing Nationhood: The Treaty-Rights Movement and the Roots of Resentment

Mobilizing Nationhood: The Treaty-Rights Movement and the Roots of Resentment

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(p.17) Chapter 2 Mobilizing Nationhood: The Treaty-Rights Movement and the Roots of Resentment
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The Cultivation of Resentment
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804758093.003.0002

This chapter describes the specific and general contexts against which anti-treaty-rights activists react. In so doing, it sketches the backdrop for contemporary tribal legal mobilizations. The recognition by national officials of treaty rights to sovereign governance has been critical to Indian activism. Equally important has been the willingness of tribal nations to mobilize these treaty rights to secure national, state, and local compliance with the provisions that they promise. The chapter illustrates some of the core insights of the legal-mobilization scholarship. Legal mobilizations, if they are to be successful tools for social change, require a favorable set of conditions internal and external to the movements. Just such a constellation of favorable conditions emerged in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s; these conditions facilitated the successful legal mobilizations that propelled the treaty-rights movement. However, this favorable context was momentary, quickly giving way to a more negative context even as the most notable victories of the era resonated.

Keywords:   tribal activism, Indian activism, legal mobilizations, anti-treaty rights, sovereign governance, social change

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