Friday, March 11, 2016

Miller on the Influence of Native American Constitutions on the U.S. Constitution

Robert J. Miller, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, has posted American Indian Constitutions and Their Influence on the United States Constitution which appeared in the Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 159: 32-56:
This paper analyzes modern-day American Indian constitutionalism. It describes the development of written constitutions by Indian nations and primarily focuses on constitutions developed since 1934 under the auspices of the federal Indian Reorganization Act. This paper also briefly examines the evidence that American Indian political philosophies, and traditional tribal governmental structures and ideas, influenced many of the Founding Fathers and the drafting of the United States Constitution.
H/t: Legal Theory Blog