Doctrine of Discovery

An educational resource and study group maintained by the Indigenous Values Initiative and the American Indian Law Alliance.

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Johnson v. McIntosh

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The Indians were admitted to be the rightful occupants of the soil, with a legal as well as just claim to retain possession of it, and to use it according to their own discretion; but their rights to complete sovereignty, as independent nations, were necessarily diminished, and…Discovery gave exclusive title to those who made it.

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