This chapter presents concluding thoughts about Chief Leschi's case and the Historical Court. The Historical Court revealed the tensions and contradictions of historical justice. It represented a victory for Leschi's descendants, a call to action for Native elders, a boon to legal authority, and a confirmation of American settlers' just intentions and liberal achievements in the region. Leschi symbolized another set of contradictions. He was a model for resistance to U.S. domination and an example of a peaceful arbiter who valued cooperation and accommodation. Leschi signified the enduring active presence of the past as well as an attempt to seize control of it, a representative of a shared, multicultural collective memory and evidence of its impossibility in a settler state.
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