As part of the $585 billion defense bill for 2015, Congress passed a measure that would give lands sacred to American Indians in Arizona to a foreign company. The deal gives the Australian-English mining firm Rio Tinto 2,400 acres of the Tonto National Forest in exchange for several other parcels so it can mine a massive copper deposit. Using this example, University of Arizona law professor Robert A. Williams Jr. discusses how stereotypes about American Indians have been codified into laws and government policies, with devastating consequences.
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