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ERIC Number: EJ1081861
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1052-5505
Producing a Tribal Citizenry Literate in Law and Jurisprudence
Wall, Stephen
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education, v27 n2 Nov 2015
The relationship between American Indians and the U.S. federal government and state governments is complicated. It is a relationship that controls almost all aspects of tribal life and has resulted in American Indians being the most legislated people in the United States. For many years tribal people relied on non-Native attorneys to help navigate their communities through the maze of laws, court decisions, and administrative rules. As the most legislated people in America, tribal citizens can benefit immensely from a legal education offered from a critical and culturally specific perspective. Tribal colleges are ideally suited for the task. Beginning in the late 1960s, an experimental program at the University of New Mexico School of Law trained Indian lawyers to serve as tribal attorneys, judges, prosecutors, and in other law-related positions. Since that time there have been thousands of Natives who have attained their law degree and have now assumed the responsibility of leading their communities through the legal challenges they face. This article discusses the positive reasons to develop law programs at Tribal colleges and universities (TCUs).
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education. P.O. Box 720, Mancos, CO 81328. Tel: 888-899-6693; Fax: 970-533-9145; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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