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American Indian Tribal Law

Mathew L.M. Fletcher
Michigan State

2011. 700 pages. ISBN: 978-0-7355-9975-8. With Teacher's Manual.


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About the Book

American Indian Tribal Law is the first-ever casebook on the real law of Indian people, the laws of Indian nations and the decisions of their court systems.


  • First ever case book in this field
  • Over 300 tribal courts nationwide, and over 564 Indian tribes, each following their own law
  • Detailed history of the development of tribal justice systems from pre-contact to colonization to the modern era of self-government
  • Detailed rundown of modern tribal government activities, and how disputes arising out of those actions are resolved
  • Heavy emphasis on flashpoints in tribal law, such as the Cherokee Freedmen citizenship disputes, same-sex marriage in Indian Country, and constitutional crises in tribal governments
  • Casebook is organized both by Indian law-specific principles (e.g., tribal citizenship, economic development, etc.), and by common law subject area (e.g., contracts, administrative law, etc.)