Tribal Juris-diction: Sovereign Commitments and Contradictions in the Everyday Discourse of Native Nation Governance
Center for Advanced Study 912 W. Illinois St Urbana
Traditionally, "the law" has been viewed as an instrument of colonial rule. After all, conquest typically involves the imposition of the conquering authority's definition of what is and is not "legal." Justin Richland is a student of a fascinating Native American legal system that was created in the image of Anglo-American-style law, but which functions according to Hopi notions of tradition and culture. He will describe this indigenous legal culture and lead a discussion of its meaning in the United States and beyond.
Moderator: Robert Warrior, American Indian Studies and English, University of Illinois
American Indian Studies and History, University of Illinois
Anthropology, University of Texas, Austin
Anthropology, University of Chicago