W. Tanner Allread is a Ph.D. Candidate in History and holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School. His research focuses on nineteenth-century Native American history and the history of Federal Indian Law. He is currently working on his dissertation, “Republics Within a Republic: Tribal Constitutions and Sovereignty Conflicts in the Era of Southern Indian Removal,” which focuses on the intersection of tribal state-building in the Choctaw, Cherokee, and Muscogee Nations and American debates over sovereignty and federalism in the early nineteenth century. Tanner is also interested in the history of American empire, the territories, and the development of constitutional law in relation to marginalized communities. In addition to his historical work, he has assisted tribes with numerous legal matters, working for the law firm of Kanji & Katzen, P.L.L.C., and the Yurok Tribe’s Office of the Tribal Attorney. He is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.