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Formalism and Judicial Supremacy in Federal Indian Common Law


Alexander Tallchief Skibine


University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law


American Indian Law Review, Forthcoming
U of Utah Legal Studies Paper No. 08-08

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In this article, Professor Skibine shows how in the last thirty years or so, the United States Supreme court has taken legal principles based on functionalism and transformed them into inflexible rules based on formalism. This has allowed the Court not only to rule against Indian tribal interests in 80% of its cases but also to achieve judicial supremacy in the field of Federal Indian law.

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Keywords: Formalism, Indian tribes, Federal Common Law, Federal Indian Law

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Date posted: August 21, 2008 ; Last revised: July 13, 2010

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Skibine, Alexander Tallchief, Formalism and Judicial Supremacy in Federal Indian Common Law. American Indian Law Review, Forthcoming; U of Utah Legal Studies Paper No. 08-08. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1241462

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Alexander Tallchief Skibine (Contact Author)
University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law ( email )
332 S. 1400 East Front
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0730
United States

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