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Volume 5: 2004-2005


Christine Zuni-Cruz (Pueblos of Isleta & San Juan)
Justice Robert Yazzie (Navajo Nation)

Co-Managing Editors

Dawn Priestman
Anna Martinez

Web Editor

Natasha K. Young (Yankton Nakota/Ponca Tribe of Nebraska)

Special Projects Editor

April Winecke


Rita Ann Yazzie (Navajo Nation), Derrick Lente (Pueblos of Isleta & Sandia), Joel Rosette (Chippewa Cree), LeAnn Montes (Chippewa Cree), Justin Solimon (Pueblo of Laguna), Koury Hicks, Sherri Thomas (Pueblo of Taos)

Law School Support Staff

Barbara Jacques


Intertribal Conflicts and Customary Law Regimes in North Africa: A Comparison of Haratin and Ait 'Atta Indigenous Legal Systems

by Anna Natividad Martinez The Haratin people of North Africa are subjects in crisis; they are people whose origins are debated and whose social status is scorned. As an indigenous population in the midst of regional turmoil, they have been subject to removal, forced labor and economic deprivation. Their exploitation by both French colonial forces and other indigenous populations (namely Arabs and Berbers) has displaced the Haratin way of life and has subsumed their legal culture.

Diné Bi Beenahaz'áanii: Codifying Indigenous Consuetudinary Law in the 21st Century

by Kenneth Bobroff The fundamental laws of the Diné, "the People" in the Navajo language, were placed by the Holy People long before Spaniards arrived in the New World. Since Coronado first traveled to Navajo Country almost five centuries ago, Diné have resisted European assaults on Navajo Law. On November 1, 2002, the Navajo Nation Council acknowledged the survival of the fundamental laws of the Diné, recognizing four specific constituent elements — traditional law, customary law, natural law, and common law – and explaining the principles of each.

Cultural Eclipse: The Effect on the Aboriginal Peoples in Manitoba

by Kwesi Baffoe Cultural eclipse is a phrase that I coined to describe the inter-relationship between the Aboriginal and European cultures as seen by an observer in space. It depicts the scene of two cultures initially rotating separately in time through the Universe. The European culture slowly drifts towards the Aboriginal culture and partially covers it without consuming it. This paper explores one of the ways indigenous culture is damaged during this "union".

Profile of the Sayisi Dene Nation of Tadoule Lake in Northern Manitoba

by Kwesi Baffoe The cultural groups among the Aboriginal peoples of Northern Canada correspond to climatic latitudinal divides. Above the tree line, where the boreal forest meets the tundra, are the Inuit whose territory stretches far into the arctic. South of the tree line are the Dene, and below them are the Cree nations of the prairies. The goal of this paper is to concentrate on the nature of the particular culture of the Dene People.