Print #1. Treaty of Cession, 1867

Print #1: Treaty of Cession, 1867. 32×16″ printed on 18 oz. scrim weatherproof vinyl


Text & Citations for Print #1: Treaty of Cession: March 30, 1867

“In a country set up to maintain a strict separation of church and state, the Doctrine of Discovery should have long ago been declared unconstitutional because it is based on a prejudicial treatment of Native American people simply because they were not Christians at the time of European arrival.”
Newcomb, Steve. “Five Hundred Years of Injustice: The Legacy of Fifteenth Century Religious Prejudice.” Indigenous Law Institute. http:/ Web, viewed 7 January 2017.

“However extravagant the pretension of converting the discovery of an inhabited country into conquest may appear; if the principle has been asserted in the first instance, and afterwards sustained; if a country has been acquired and held under it; if the property of the great mass of the community originates in it, it becomes the law of the land, and cannot be questioned.”
Johnson v. M’Intosh, 21 U.S. 543, 591, 5 L. Ed. 681 (1823)

Image Sources:

“WordWrap 2017: Historical Reflections on the Law of the Land.” Created by Lisa Link for the Alaska Sesquicentennial Commemorative Exhibit, “Voices of Change: Perspectives on the Transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States” at Sitka National Historical Park.