Hunger, Horses, and Government Men: Criminal Law on the Aboriginal Plains, 1870-1905 (Law and Society)
By: Shelley A. M. Gavigan (author)Hardback
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Scholars often accept without question that the Indian Act (1876) criminalized First Nations. Drawing on court files, police and penitentiary records, and newspaper accounts from the Saskatchewan region of the North-West Territories between 1870 and 1905, Shelley Gavigan argues that the notion of criminalization captures neither the complexities of Aboriginal participation in the criminal courts nor the significance of the Indian Act as a form of law. This illuminating book paints a vivid portrait of Aboriginal defendants, witnesses, and informants whose encounters with the criminal law and the Indian Act included both the mediation and the enforcement of relations of inequality.
Shelley A.M. Gavigan is a professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School and a member of the graduate faculties in Law, Socio-Legal Studies, and Women's Studies at York University.
Introduction: One Warrior's Legal History 1 Legally Framing the Plains and the First Nations 2 "Of Course No One Saw Them": Aboriginal Accused in the Criminal Court 3 "Prisoner Never Gave Me Anything for What He Done": Aboriginal Voices in the Criminal Court 4 "Make a Better Indian of Him": Indian Policy and the Criminal Court 5 Six Women, Six Stories Conclusion Afterword: A Methodological Note on Sources and Data Notes Bibliography Index
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