Introduction to Tribal Legal Studies

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AltaMira Press, 2004 - Law - 435 pages
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Introduction to Tribal Legal Studies, the first in a unique series of comprehensive studies of tribal law in the United States, focuses on law developed by and for Indian Nations and Native people. It addresses the power of tribal courts and tribal legal systems as key to the exercise and expansion of tribal sovereignty. Richland and Deer discuss in depth the histories, structures, and practices of tribal justice systems, efforts to balance tribal legal heritage and Anglo-American law, the scope of criminal and civil jurisdictions, child welfare and civil rights, traditional dispute resolution mechanisms in contemporary tribal law, models of peacemaking, and means for assuring integrity of tribal courts. This text will be an invaluable resource for legal scholars and students. Published in cooperation with the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, visit their web page; Turtle Mountain Community College; and the Native Nations Law and Policy Center, University of California, Los Angeles.

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Justin B. Richland is coordinator of the Hopi Customary Law Project and consultant to the Hopi Appellate Court since 1996. He received his J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.A. in Anthropology from University of California at Los Angeles, where he is currently a doctoral candidate in Anthropology. His research interests concern the roles that customs, traditions, and culture play in contemporary indigenous jurisprudence. Sarah Deer is staff attorney at the Tribal Law and Policy Institute and an instructor of Tribal Legal Studies for UCLA Extension. She is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, and received her J.D. and Certificate in Tribal Law from the University of Kansas. Formerly, she worked at the United States Department of Justice in the Office on Violence Against Women.

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