Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Fletcher's Legal History of the Grand Traverse Ottawa and Chippewa

Matthew L. M. Fletcher,a Professor and the Director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center at the Michigan State University College of Law, has published The Eagle Returns: The Legal History of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, with the Michigan State University Press. Here is the publisher's description:

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An absorbing and comprehensive survey, The Eagle Returns: The Legal History of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians shows a group bound by kinship, geography, and language, struggling to reestablish their right to self- governance. Hailing from northwest Lower Michigan, the Grand Traverse Band has become a well-known national leader in advancing Indian treaty rights, gaming, and land rights, while simultaneously creating and developing a nationally honored indigenous tribal justice system. This book will serve as a valuable reference for policymakers, lawyers, and Indian people who want to explore how federal Indian law and policy drove an Anishinaabe community to the brink of legal extinction, how non- Indian economic and political interests conspired to eradicate the community’s self-sufficiency, and how Indian people fought to preserve their culture, laws, traditions, governance, and language.
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