In virtually every respect imaginable—economic, political cultural, sociological, psychological, geographical, and technological—the years from the creation of the United States through the Harding administration brought massive upheaval and transformation for native nations. Everywhere, U.S. Indian law (federal and state)—by which I mean the law that defines and regulates the nation's political and legal relationship to indigenous nations—aided and abetted the upheaval.
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Wilkins, David E. "Federal Policy, Western Movement, and Consequences for Indigenous People: 1790-1920." In The Cambridge History of Law in America, edited by Michael Grossberg and Christopher Tomlins, 204-244. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008.