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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.