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Title:
The encyclopedia of Native American legal tradition
Author:
Johansen, Bruce E. (Bruce Elliott), 1950-
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn : Greenwood Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xii, 410 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1340 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780313301674
Format :
Book

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Summary

Integrating American Indian law and Native American political and legal traditions, this encyclopedia includes detailed descriptions of nearly two dozen Native American Nations' legal and political systems such as the Iroquois, Cherokee, Choctaw, Navajo, Cheyenne, Creek, Chickasaw, Comanche, Sioux, Pueblo, Mandan, Wyandot, Powhatan, Mikmaq, and Yakima. Although not an Indian law casebook, this work does contain outlines of many major Indian law cases, congressional acts, and treaties. It also contains profiles of individuals important to the evolution of Indian law. This work will be of interest to scholars in several fields, including law, Native American studies, American history, political science, anthropology, and sociology.


Author Notes

BRUCE ELLIOTT JOHANSEN is Robert T. Reilly Professor of Journalism and Native American Studies at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. He is the author/editor of numerous books including Native American Political Systems and the Evolution of Democracy: An Annotated Bibliography (Greenwood, 1996).


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

According to the introduction, this "is the first attempt in book form to inject traditional Native American political and legal systems into the study of law in the United States. It includes detailed descriptions of several major Native American nations' legal and political systems." The book not only infuses this information into the study of law but fills the gaps in many standard history and general social science sources. The editor and the 12 contributors have produced a readable work for a range of ages and levels of interest. The entries, which are alphabetically arranged, cover pre-colonial as well as modern times. They include constitutional law of tribes, and codes of behavior that are part of the Native American environment, such as the Harmony Ethic of the Cherokee. Major law cases, congressional acts, and treaties are also included, as are historical incidents and profiles of individuals like Andrew Jackson, John Marshall, and Thomas Sloan, one of the first Native Americans to be admitted to practice before a state bar. Some entries are a paragraph in length, while others, such as Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) women, legal and political status; and religious freedom, Native American, cover several pages. Added notes and further readings follow some articles. An 11-page selected bibliography, listing sources primarily from journals and university presses, and an index complete the work. This encyclopedia is highly recommended for any examination or investigation of constitutional or judicial law in the U.S. It will find use in a public, high-school, or academic library. It will round out many studies and give a fresh perspective to the "founding" of this democracy.


Choice Review

A badly needed look at Native American legal and political systems, this work begins with an excellent introduction to Native American legal traditions. Entries in the encyclopedia proper describe the legal systems of various cultures; discuss Native American contributions to US law; comment on the history and significance of major court cases, laws, and treaties; present biographical information on important Native and non-Native figures; and outline historical events. Relevant topics such as indianizing, banishment, and plenary power are included. Entries cite court cases and laws, include cross-references, and provide a list of references. Well written and clearly presented, this unique work belongs in every legal collection, Native American collection, or collection dealing with cultural anthropology or cultural diversity. J. Drueke; University of Nebraska--Lincoln


Table of Contents

Foreword: to Save a Democracyp. vii
Introductionp. 1
A

p. 11

B

p. 28

C

p. 36

D

p. 79

E

p. 90

F

p. 96

G

p. 105

H

p. 108

I

p. 136

J

p. 164

K

p. 176

L

p. 177

M

p. 182

N

p. 214

O

p. 233

P

p. 240

Q

p. 263

R

p. 264

S

p. 287

T

p. 318

U

p. 348

V

p. 363

W

p. 365

Y

p. 380

Selected Bibliographyp. 383
Indexp. 395
About the Editor and Contributorsp. 409

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