Among the unique characteristics of our federal system of government is the concept of the dual sovereignty of the national and state governments over land, things, and persons located within the boundaries of the states. In addition to its position and rights as ultimate sovereign over all territory within its borders, the United States is also a corporate body politic and as such can make contracts, and can hold property, both real and personal. Under this power to own property in its own right the United States has become a great landed proprietor, owning many tracts of land within the exterior boundaries of the states, and it is this fact which gives rise to the problems of jurisdiction and control with which this paper is concerned.
John N. Rupp,
Jurisdiction Over Lands Ownedy by the United States Within the State of Washington: Part I, The Subject in General,
14 Wash. L. Rev. & St. B.J.
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