Washington Law Review


Respected figures within the U.S. legal system are saying that the system could be improved by borrowing elements from Native American dispute resolution. To longtime students of Indian Law, this is a striking shift of rhetoric. Historically, non-Indian America has either ignored or dismissed tribal law, often characterizing tribes as lawless. But has the rhetoric merely shifted from condescension to impractical romanticizing? This article examines and analyzes the position taken by non-Indian advocates of borrowing from tribal justice systems and considers whether such borrowing can really work.

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