In June 2023, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in the case Haaland v. Brackeen, defending the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). While this case may have seemed primarily concerned with protecting Indigenous children, it also raised questions about tribal sovereignty, potentially impacting the sovereignty of tribal nations. Cook County Higher Education is hosting a series of three sessions that explore the origins of U.S. federal Indian policy in settler colonialism, with a particular focus on Ojibwe relations in the Great Lakes. These sessions will delve into the social, political, and institutional structures that resulted from this historical context.

In this session, Dr. Jacob Jurss provided an engaging introduction to fundamental concepts and pivotal legislative acts that have significantly shaped federal Indian law. This session introduced key concepts, including Indigenous borderlands, the Doctrine of Discovery, and the Marshall Trilogy. These early foundations of federal Indian law continue to exert influence and shape relations between Indigenous Nations and the United States today.