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American Indian Civil Rights Handbook

NCJ Number
S Crowell, B Mathew, V Hauser
Date Published
76 pages
Civil rights established by the Constitution, the U.S. Congress, and the Federal courts are discussed in nontechnical language in the context of the American Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968 and the rights of individual American Indians.
Following a discussion covering freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition, the books focuses on fair treatment by the police, which encompasses the topics of police and prison abuse; unlawful arrest, detention, search, and seizure; interrogation rights; the right to equal protection under the law; and procedures to be followed in rights violation cases. Next, judicial treatment is considered with attention to the right to counsel; the rights of children; and rights connected to arraignment, charge notification, bail, plea, pretrial and trial, sentencing, and appeal procedures. A consideration of voting rights covers absentee voting, one person-one vote laws, and the Voting Rights Act. A review of equal employment rights discusses government and private employment, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other Federal Laws, Indian job preferences, and the functions of Tribal Employment Rights Offices. In addition, Indian students rights are described, with a focus on Bureau of Indian Affairs schools. Other sections cover equal educational opportunity, equal credit and fair housing opportunity, the right to public facility and accommodation use, and eminent domain. Procedures for filing civil rights violation complaints are detailed, including the names and addresses of Federal review agencies.