Washington Law Review


One of the great myths of the white invention of the Indian was that there was no law among Native Americans before the white man except for a single Indian "primitive" legal system of blood revenge, uniform across the North American continent. This is not so. Law existed among Native Peoples long before white contact. Quite simply, the Indians had law. Before white contact, Native America nourished a rich and diverse system of law-a system of law that varied dramatically from people to people.

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