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Supreme Court Cases Probe Conflict Between Constitution And Native American Rights

 


A trio of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, plus another one waiting in the wings involving native Hawaiians, all tackle the same question: Where do the universal human rights of indigenous people end and the specific rights of American citizens begin?

It’s a tough question that has bedeviled courts and legislators since European settlers first set foot in North America, and it tends to scramble the traditional ideological positions of liberals and conservatives alike. Looming in the background is the United Nations, which has its own conventions regarding the rights of indigenous peoples that may conflict with the U.S. idea of one nation under a single Constitution.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/danielfisher/2016/01/01/supreme-court-cases-probe-conflict/

 

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