Not Without Our Consent

Lakota Resistance to Termination, 1950-59
Author: Edward Charles Valandra
Native Americans' continuing struggle for self-determination against American hegemony
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978-0-252-02944-8
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978-0-252-09270-1
Publication Date: August 2006
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About the Book

In a 1953 effort to end the authority of local Native American governments, Congress passed Public Law 83-280. Allowing states to apply their criminal and civil laws to Native American country, the law provided an unparalleled opportunity for the state of South Dakota to crush burgeoning Lakota nationalism.

Edward Valandra's Not Without Our Consent documents the tenacious and formidable Lakota resistance to attempts at applying this law. In unprecedented depth, it follows their struggle through the 1950s when, against all odds, their resistance succeeded in the amendment of PL 83-280 to include Native consent as a prerequisite to state jurisdiction. The various House and Senate bills discussed in the manuscript are reproduced in five appendices.

About the Author

Edward Valandra is a Sicangu Lakota (enrolled) from the Rosebud Sioux Reservation. He has served on several Native American councils and committees, including the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council. Vine Deloria Jr. is the author of Custer Died for your Sins: An Indian Manifesto and other works.