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The American Legal History Podcast

Aug 13, 2022

In episode seventeen we will continue with our fascinating discussion on Federal Indian Law with one of the most distinguished scholars in the field Professor Matthew L.M. Fletcher. In this wide-ranging interview examining Federal Indian Law from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day, we will cover the 1846 case of United States v. Rogers, the Treaty Era, the Removal Era, the Allotment Era and the 1903 case of Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock. In addition, we will examine the federal government’s efforts to assimilate Indian children, and the 1887 Dawes Act, the Indian New Deal, the Termination Era, the Era of Self-determination and last the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act. Matthew L.M. Fletcher is the Harry Burns Hutchins Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of Michigan School of Law, and is a citizen of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. He has also published numerous casebooks and treatises on Federal Indian Law and is the primary editor and author of the leading law blog on American Indian law and policy, Turtle Talk,