Inherent Conflict of Interest

Rudolph Ryser of the Center for World Indigenous Studies observes that while the US Supreme Court’s hostility to Indian Rights, treaty rights and tribal sovereignty increased under Chief Justice Rehnquist, the Court has never actually decided in favor of Indian nations when the contest involved these questions. The Court, says Dr. Ryser, is not and has not been the appropriate venue to decide conflicts between the US and Indian nations (including US subsidiary entities). The Court, he says, has an inherent conflict of interest that favors decisions that endorse US power and authority over Indian nations. The appropriate forum for conflict resolution, says Ryser, is through treaties and agreements, and in the present day ,,, international forums.

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~ by Jay Taber on November 12, 2008.

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