The Doctrine of Discovery

Do you know, dearies, about the Doctrine of Discovery? In 1823, the US Supreme Court passed this lovely ruling, which declared how the US inherited all of its land from Great Britain, and could therefore do what they pleased with any part of it, despite protestations from indigenous peoples. (The original colonies didn’t extend too far past the Atlantic seaboard, but apparently that’s a technicality.) Courts have used this doctrine in land disputes with Native Americans as late as 2005.

(Originally posted September 29, 2016)

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