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Displacing the Judiciary: Customary Law and the Threat of a Defensive Tribal Council: A Book Review of Raymond D. Austine, Navajo Courts and Navajo Common Law: A Tradition of Tribal Self-Goverance (2009)


Ezra Rosser


American University - Washington College of Law

March 2011

America Indian Law Review, Vol. 34, p. 379, 2011
American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2010-08

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Displacing the Judiciary: Customary Law and the Threat of a Defensive Tribal Council is a brief article framed as a book review of RAYMOND D. AUSTIN, NAVAJO COURTS AND NAVAJO COMMON LAW: A TRADITION OF TRIBAL SELF-GOVERNANCE (2009). Raymond Austin is a former Justice of the Navajo Supreme Court and his book is an important contribution to Indian law and tribal law scholarship that should be of interest to general readers. Austin shows the origins of Navajo customary law norms and how the Navajo court system has incorporated those norms into Navajo common law. Although the majority of the article is dedicated to reviewing NAVAJO COURTS AND NAVAJO COMMON LAW, I also discuss an ongoing tribal power struggle and the related effort of the Navajo Tribal Council to block the Navajo courts from using customary law.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 23

Keywords: Navajo, Customary Law, Indian Law, Self-Determination, Tribal Courts, Tribal Council

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Date posted: April 19, 2010 ; Last revised: April 3, 2011

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Rosser, Ezra, Displacing the Judiciary: Customary Law and the Threat of a Defensive Tribal Council: A Book Review of Raymond D. Austine, Navajo Courts and Navajo Common Law: A Tradition of Tribal Self-Goverance (2009) (March 2011). America Indian Law Review, Vol. 34, p. 379, 2011; American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2010-08. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1591153

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