Volume 1: 2000/2001
Christine Zuni Cruz (Isleta/San Juan Pueblo)
Lynn Trujillo (Sandia/Taos/AcomaPueblo)
Editorial Working Group
Jason Hauter (Maricopa/Hopi/Pima), Danielle Her Many Horses (Oglala Lakota), Mark Welliver (Citizen Band Potawatomi)
Lucy Beals (Cherokee Nation)
Rebecca Anne Birdsbill Ford (Hidatsa/Mandan), Lisa Lang (Haida), Kristie Williamson-Eckert (St. Regis Mohawk)
Law School Support
Cyndi Johnson (CATS Director), Faye Hadley (Research Librarian), Barbara Jacques
Tribal Law as Indigenous Social Reality and Separate Consciousness-[Re]Incorporating Customs and Traditions into Tribal Law by Christine Zuni Cruz explores the reflection of traditional legal concepts and values in enacted laws of indigenous nations. The premise of this article is that "an indigenous nation's sovereignty is strengthened if its law is based upon its own internalized values and norms." Zuni-Cruz's article questions the impact of enacted western laws on indigenous communities' people and culture.
Means v. District Court of the Chinle Judicial District and the Hadane Doctrine in Navajo Criminal Law by Paul Spruhan analyzes the Navajo Nation's application of traditional law concepts in order to find criminal jurisdiction to prosecute a non-member Indian in Means v. District Court. Spruhan's article examines this use in light of the Supreme Court's decision in Duro v. Reina.
Troublesome Aspects of Western Influences on Tribal Justice Systems and Laws by Alex Tallchief Skibine provides readers with an overview of the colonial process by which tribal written law resembles the legal structures of the states and the federal government. Skibine's article highlights why and how tribal court systems have been influenced by western law, as well as the problems associated with the integration of tribal justice systems into the U.S. political system.