Making Indian Law: The Hualapai Land Case and the Birth of by Christian W. McMillen

By Christian W. McMillen

In 1941, after many years of suffering to carry directly to the rest of their aboriginal domestic, the Hualapai Indians ultimately took their case to the ultimate Court—and received. The Hualapai case used to be the culminating occasion in a criminal and highbrow revolution that reworked Indian legislations and ushered in a brand new method of writing Indian background that supplied felony grounds for fatherland claims. yet Making Indian legislations is set greater than a criminal decision.  It’s the tale of Hualapai activists, and finally sympathetic legal professionals, who challenged either the Santa Fe Railroad and the U.S. executive to a court showdown over the which means of Indian estate rights—and the Indian past.At the guts of the Hualapai crusade to avoid wasting the reservation used to be documenting the historical past of Hualapai land use. Making Indian legislations showcases the principal position that the Hualapai and their legal professionals performed in formulating new understandings of local humans, their estate, and their prior. To at the present time, the influence of the Hualapai choice is felt at any place and at any time when indigenous land claims are litigated in the course of the global.

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Needing proof that Mahone was ‘‘guilty of violating the law against interfering with the duties of a Superintendent of an Indian reservation,’’ he pleaded with the BIA to send a ‘‘Secret Service representative, or some other Officer’’ to spy on him. ’’≥∫ Despite Burke’s dismissal of the Hualapais’ initial complaints, the fight got his attention, and he dispatched an inspector to the reservation. Traveling auditor L. E. Murphy, charged with looking into the cattle sales but not the more general unrest, arrived on the reservation in mid-February 1922.

S. ∞∏ In California, his life went in a new direction. A version of his vision, the Redmen Self Depentendent of America, had come to life. He discovered the Mission Indian Federation (MIF). The MIF, a radical group founded in Riverside in 1919, demanded Indian self-government, pressed for land claims legislation, called for the abolition of the BIA, and generally lobbied for sovereignty. The MIF quickly gained influ- The Hualapai Awakening 23 ence in southern California, and by the summer of 1921 the BIA feared that most Mission Indians were solid supporters.

Light was losing control. Needing proof that Mahone was ‘‘guilty of violating the law against interfering with the duties of a Superintendent of an Indian reservation,’’ he pleaded with the BIA to send a ‘‘Secret Service representative, or some other Officer’’ to spy on him. ’’≥∫ Despite Burke’s dismissal of the Hualapais’ initial complaints, the fight got his attention, and he dispatched an inspector to the reservation. Traveling auditor L. E. Murphy, charged with looking into the cattle sales but not the more general unrest, arrived on the reservation in mid-February 1922.

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