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The Encyclopedia of Native American Legal Tradition by Bruce E., Ph.D. Johansen

The Encyclopedia of Native American Legal Tradition



The Encyclopedia of Native American Legal Tradition by Bruce E., Ph.D. Johansen

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.


The Encyclopedia of Native American Legal Tradition appears at a particularly propitious time. Bruce E. Johansen has produced a valuable and accessible reference work, useful to academic researchers but largely free of legal jargon. More significantly, he has filled a gap left by similar recent works such as the American Indian Law Deskbook by placing special emphasis on the impact of aboriginal legal traditions on Anglo-American legal doctrine....Johansen has produced a volume that will prove valuable to the specialist and lay reader alike. Legal and Native American historians will find it useful for a quick review of the case law, legislation, a helpful introduction to the impact and significance of Indian law on American jurisprudence. This is an important addition to the legal history reference shelf. -Great Plains Research

About the Author

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).

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Publication date

24th February 1998


Bruce E., Ph.D. Johansen

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Greenwood Press an imprint of ABC-CLIO


424 pages


Laws of Specific jurisdictions
Ethnic studies
Jurisprudence & general issues
Social & cultural history
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