Review of Imagining Sovereignty: Self-Determination in American Indian Law and Literature

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Sovereignty is an odd, even foreign notion in a free democracy. David Carlson’s Imagining Sovereignty concludes with a call for direct action to combat nations like the United States and Canada that continue to assert sovereignty over indigenous peoples, perhaps, Dr. Carlson suggests, along the lines of Idle No More. Perhaps the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline is an answer to his call. These are actions against a sovereign, represented by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, acts of self-determination.


Work published when author not on Michigan Law faculty.