Ralph W. Johnson, Indian Tribes and the Legal System, 72 Wash. L. Rev. 1021 (1997), https://digitalcommons.law.uw.edu/faculty-articles/463
Washington Law Review
This article surveys the past and present role of lawyers in the field of Indian law, from the absence of attorneys in early treaty negotiations through the formative role lawyers played in developing the federal trust relationship, to their modem role as "legal warriors" for the increasingly independent, autonomous tribes of today. To understand all the changes now occurring in Indian law, a review of the background is helpful. What follows is a synopsis of the significant events in Indian history, focusing on how the U.S. government initially treated Indians and the role the legal profession played in this treatment.