The law is fundamental to the meeting of Indigenous and European peoples throughout North America. This has been the case from the earliest encounters along the East Coast of the continent, to the present time. The colonial processes in North America involved European powers claiming Indigenous territories as their own. But what was long perceived as a one-sided arrangement dominated by Europeans has come to be understood as a much more complicated interaction involving Indigenous concepts of law and land ownership, military and commercial alliances, formal and...
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