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Published in Legal Reference Services Quarterly, Vol. 27(4) 2008. Copyright (c) 2008 by The Haworth Press. Used by permission. doi: 10.1080/02703190802701099


Charles J. Kappler (1868–1946) is known primarily for his compilation, Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties. His life, however, reached beyond this accumulation of fundamental documents. He was a staff member of, among other entities, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs; served as co-counsel in the first case before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague; brought important tribal issues before the courts, just a quarter century after the Battle of the Little Big Horn; married, was widowed, married again, developed a family, and found a place in District society; and, in one role or another, participated in a number of major Indian law cases before the United States Supreme Court, prior to the creation of the Indian Claims Commission.