45th Annual Society for Case Research & Global Jesuit Case Series Summer Workshop

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Franziska M. Renz, Julian U. N. Vogel

This Land is Your Land, This Land is my Land? – Real Estate and Reparation Considerations of Indigenous Land

European and European-influenced cultures often think of the period from the 14th century to the 16th century as marked by exploration, discovery, and expansion (Mitchell, 2022). This heroic founding of new settlements to procure more sophisticated goods and increase the standard of living of the upper class in Europe also describes the deception, slaughter, and stealing from many different Indigenous cultures by the colonialists, as the “newly discovered” places had often already been inhabited for thousands of years (e.g., Native Land Digital, 2022). Even though these injustices were committed hundreds of years ago, they still have consequences to this day. This case provides an example of the struggles Indigenous communities face when ensuring that their rights are met within the institutions of a system that was established by colonialists.