Civil Rights: Equality for the Red Man

Many of the most important Supreme Court decisions in recent years have afforded minority groups, particularly Negroes, new constitutional protections. Effective as they may have been, the high-court rulings have resulted in precious little improvement for one sizable minority group—the American Indian.

Hindering the Indian's rise to legal equality are many factors, among them Indian ignorance of the law, lethargy, and a reluctance to be completely assimilated by 20th century white society. But the most significant reason is the special status enjoyed—and suffered—by 370,000 reservation Indians. Although these Indians have been U.S....

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