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  • Recognition, Constitution Building and the Indian Nations of North and Northwest United States 1775-1795: The Importance of Indian Nations to the Framing of the US Constitution

    This article discusses the 19th century approach to dealing with the Indian nations of the North and Northwest, and the principles of success and adherence to the rights and obligations under the law of nations would guide its development. The author argues Indian affairs were central to the founding generation's desire for entry to the civilized world, and the relative obscurity that Indian affairs assumed at the Philadelphia Convention could not have been due to omission, rather it was clear the only way to achieve the Union's vision for a central policy toward Indian affairs.