Monday, July 29, 2019

Kennedy School History Pub

Oregon, Indigenous Nations, Manifest Destiny, and the Doctrine of Discovery

Kennedy School

6 pm doors, 7 pm event

Free. First come, first served. Arrive early!

All ages welcome

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About Oregon, Indigenous Nations, Manifest Destiny, and the Doctrine of Discovery

Oregon, Indigenous Nations, Manifest Destiny, and the Doctrine of Discovery

Presented by Robert J. Miller

The “Doctrine of Discovery” is the modern-day name for the international law principle that European nations used to claim most of the non-European world. The Doctrine was applied against Native peoples in North America by England, France, Spain, Holland, and Russia. The United States adopted this legal principle and used it to claim the Oregon Country from other European countries and from the Indian Nations. This talk will explain the elements, or factors, that make up this international law and argue that the Doctrine of Discovery morphed into “American Manifest Destiny” and was used, and is still being used today, to justify the United States’ acquisition of the lands and assets of the Indian Nations and peoples.

About the Speaker:

Robert J. Miller is a professor at ASU College of Law. He is a justice on the Grand Ronde Tribe Court of Appeals and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe Court of Appeals, and was appointed in June 2016 to the Navajo Nation Council of Economic Advisors. He was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2014 and to the American Law Institute in 2012. He is the author of three books: Discovering Indigenous Lands: The Doctrine of Discovery in the English Colonies; Reservation Capitalism: Economic Development in Indian Country and Native America, Discovered and Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark and Manifest Destiny.  Bob is a citizen of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma.

Photo Credit:

John Gast, American Progress, 1872; Chromolithograph published by George A, Crofutt.

Source: Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

About Kennedy School History Pub

Kennedy School History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

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