Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

Spring 1999

Publication Title

Great Plains Research






Native American law has been traditionally and accurately characterized as one of the most complex and contradictory realms of American jurisprudence. Today it is also, of course, one of the most dynamic areas of legal activity, as questions of renewed tribal sovereignty, often centering on Indian gaming issues, reverberate in statehouses and the halls of Congress. The Encyclopedia of Native American Legal Tradition appears, then, at a particularly propitious time. Bruce E. Johansen has produced a valuable and accessible reference work, useful to academic researchers but largely free of legal jargon. More significantly, he has filled a gap left by similar recent works such as the American Indian Law Deskbook by placing special emphasis on the impact of aboriginal legal traditions on Anglo-American legal doctrine.


Published in Great Plains Research 9 (Spring 1999). Copyright © 1999 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.