These Plains Indians had a legal system based on accepted rules of conduct and individual rights.
The reservation system, instituted in the nineteenth century, destroyed the successful property rights systems of the past.
Tribal sovereignty is an achievement, but just as important in enabling Indians to be entrepreneurial is recognizing the role of the individual.
By Terry L. Anderson, Bruce L. Benson and Thomas E. Flanagan
D. Bruce Johnsen
British Columbia could resolve its conflicts over salmon by an auction that resembles the 'rivalry potlatches' of the past.
A return to property rights and the rule of law would restore economic strength and stewardship to American Indian Economies.
Different ConstraintsThe various articles in your special issue (“American Indians and Property Rights,” June 2006) together illustrate a series of fundamentally important points.