Felix S. Cohen



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This legal opinion dated April 3, 1952, by Attorney Felix S. Cohen, addresses the reasoning and support the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs have given for S. 2543 and H. R. 6035--bills that would "make Indians subject to arrest without warrant if they violate Indian Bureau regulations." In the remainder of the document, Cohen addresses each of twenty-one points of support the Bureau made in support of these increased powers and counters them with legal precedent and existing laws. In closing, Cohen notes that legislation of this type was passed "in 1858, and it took until May 18, 1934 to get that legislation repealed."

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legislation, S. 2543, H.R. 6035, police powers, United States Bureau of Indian Affairs, United States Department of the Interior, prison, imprisonment, due process, law enforcement, internment, Japanese-Americans

Organizations Referenced

New York Times, United States Bureau of Indian Affairs, United States Department of the Interior, United States Senate, United States House of Representatives, United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Secret Service, United States Marshals Service, Association on American Indian Affairs, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of the Pyramid Lake Reservation (Nevada), Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, PLPT, Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River Reservation (California), Tule River Tribe of California, Tule River Reservation, War Relocation Authority, Cherokee, Subcommittee on Government Operations of the House Appropriations Committee, Navajo Nation (Arizona New Mexico and Utah), Navajo Nation, Naabeehó Bináhásdzo, Hopi Tribe of Arizona, The Hopi Tribe,

People Referenced

Felix S. Cohen, Oliver La Farge, Oscar Chapman, William Douglas, William Murphy, Dillon Myer, George Bender, Benton Jensen

The Indian Bureau's Drive for Increased Police Powers, April 3, 1952