Thursday, April 26, 2018

Fletcher on Grann on the Osage Murders

Matthew L. M. Fletcher, Michigan State University College of Law, has posted Failed Protectors: The Indian Trust and Killers of the Flower Moon, a review essay on Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, by David Grann, that is forthcoming in the zMichigan Law Review.
This Review uses Killers of the Flower Moon as a jumping off point for highlighting for readers how so many Indian people in Indian country can be so easily victimized by criminals. And yet, for however horrible the Osage Reign of Terror, the reality for too many Indian people today is much much worse. The federal government is absolutely to blame for these conditions. This Review shows how policy choices made by all three branches of the federal government have failed Indian people. Part I establishes the federal-tribal trust relationship that originated with a duty of protection. Part II establishes how the United States failure to fulfill its duties to the Osage Nation and its citizens allowed and even indirectly encouraged the Osage Reign of Terror. Part III offers thoughts on the future of the trust relationship in light of the rise of tribal self-determination. Part IV concludes the Review with a warning about how modern crime rates against Indian women and children are outrageously high in large part because of the continuing failures of the United States.

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