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Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery


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ISBN13: 9781555916428
ISBN10: 1555916422
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Pagans in the Promised Land makes a unique challenge to U.S. federal Indian law and policy, attacking the presumption that American Indian nations are legitimately subject to the plenary power of the United States. Steve Newcomb puts forth a startling theory that U.S. federal Indian law and policy are premised on Old Testament narratives of the chosen people and the promised land, as exemplified in the 1823 Supreme Court ruling Johnson v. McIntosh, that the first "Christian people" to "discover" lands inhabited by "natives, who were heathens," have an ultimate title to and dominion over these lands and peoples. This important addition to legal scholarship asserts there is no separation of church and state in the United States, so long as U.S. federal Indian law and policy are premised on the ancient religious distinctions between "Christians" and "heathens."


An analysis of how religious bias shaped U.S. federal Indian law.

About the Author

Steven T. Newcomb (Shawnee/Lenape) is the indigenous law research coordinator at the Sycuan education department of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation in San Diego County, California. He is cofounder and codirector of the Indigenous Law Institute, a fellow with the American Indian Policy and Media Initiative at Buffalo State College in New York.

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Matthew Smith, February 8, 2009 (view all comments by Matthew Smith)
It is about time that someone, has taken the time and energy to look into the way that native people's land was stolen. I was happy to read(in Indian Country today) that Steve had finally finished his book. I know that he's been doing the research for the past dozen to 15 years on it. Anyway, by far the very best book I've read in the past decade. Very nice how he's tied everything togther and exposed the truth. Now, let's do something about it! Good luck Steve and thank you brother!

Matthew P. Smith,
Vancouver, WA
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Newcomb, Steven T.
Fulcrum Group
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Political Freedom & Security - Human Rights
Indians of north america
Land tenure
Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice
Indigenous peoples
Native American Studies
Land tenure -- Law and legislation.
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