Land Rights, American Indian

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  • Land rights—as understood in the worldviews of many American Indians, Europeans, and subsequent American peoples—constituted different perceptions of usage influencing management perception and practice of ownership. Many European immigrants lived in urban, crowded, privately owned, sectioned land holdings. Economic success and prestige rested upon owning a part of the limited land base. A title deed gave “rights” to the holder, while other real estate laws defined those rights through possession of individual, private holdings. Urban life separated the people from understanding or connecting to the true value of land and spawned a basic understanding that the land was to be subdued and shaped to man's designs. By contrast—according to Native scholars Clara Sue Kidwell, Homer Noley, and George Tinker—many American Indian groups did not think ...

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