ERIC Number: ED121493
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
The Law of the People (Dine Bibee Haz'Aannii): A Bicultural Approach to Legal Education for Navajo Students, Volume 2.
Vicenti, Dan; And Others
Volume 2 of a 4-volume bilingual bicultural law-related curriculum deals with the evolution of a Navajo legal system. Navajo "law" was referred to by Navajos as "religion", thus Anglos viewed the Navajo as having no "law." Because of the complexity of this topic, it is suggested that the first sections covering this view be read and digested by teachers and professionals only, who then convey sufficient information to give the student a flavor of Navajor law, thus laying the basis for discussions of other units that focus on specific disputes. Among subjects covered in the first section are: Anglo influence on Navajo law; the Indian Bill of Rights; Navajo torts; "Navajo Legal Vocabulary: A Critical Analysis" defines and compares Navajo and Anglo terms such as law; the system and its players--a Navajo view; the parties and their functions; and roles (judge, jury, police). The third section deals with legal institutions and roles on the reservation as they have evolved, such as the: Navajo Tribal Police; courts and judges (including an interview with The Honorable Judge Tom B. Becenti, Courts of the Navajo Tribe); and role of the lay advocate (which includes interviews with Peterson Zah and Leonard B. Jimson). It is suggested that teachers have the students read and discuss the interview section. (AH)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, Biculturalism, Bilingual Education, Case Studies, Court Doctrine, Cross Cultural Training, Curriculum Guides, Definitions, Ethnocentrism, History, Justice, Lawyers, Legal Education, Paraprofessional Personnel, Police, Postsecondary Education, Resource Staff, Secondary Education
Ramah Navajo High School Press, Box 248, Ramah, New Mexico 87321 ($5.00 per volume; $20.00 for set of 4 volumes)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Div. of Bilingual Education.
Authoring Institution: Ramah Navajo School Board, NM.