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Engaging the Third Sovereign: The Nature, Reach, and Sources of Tribal Law

5 Pages Posted: 20 May 2015 Last revised: 5 Jun 2015

Bonnie J. Shucha

University of Wisconsin Law School

Date Written: May 19, 2015

Abstract

This article attempts to clarify some of the confusion surrounding tribal law, which, notably, is distinct from federal Indian law. Whereas federal Indian law concerns the relationship between federal, state, and tribal governments, tribal law is the law tribes develop and apply to their members and territories. This article explores the nature of tribal government, reviews tribes' complex relationships with federal and state governments, examines the reach of tribal law, and highlights available sources of tribal law.

Keywords: Native Americans, Indians, Legal Research, Tribal Law, Wisconsin

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Shucha, Bonnie J., Engaging the Third Sovereign: The Nature, Reach, and Sources of Tribal Law (May 19, 2015). Wisconsin Lawyer, 47, May 2015; Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1351. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2608077

Bonnie J. Shucha (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin Law School ( email )

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Madison, WI 53706
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