Felix S. Cohen



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This legal opinion dated April 3, 1952, by Attorney Felix S. Cohen, rebuts the reasoning and support the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs has given United States (US) Senate Bill 2543 and US House Resolution, which which, he writes, would "make Indians subject to arrest without warrant if they violate Indian Bureau regulations."

Cohen goes about this by examining each of what he refers to as twenty-one "excuses and justifications" offered by the Indian Bureau in support of this legislation 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Cohen notes that legislation of this type was passed "in 1858, and it took until May 18, 1934 to get that legislation repealed."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, US Senate Bill 2543, H.R. 6035, US House Resolution 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