Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Scholarship alert part II: "The Forgotten Sovereigns"


Professor Tonya Kowalski of Washburn has just had the above article accepted for publication in Volume 36 of the Florida State Law Review.  At present, it's available here on SSRN.  We thought you might be interested because her topic is also the subject of a panel presentation at next summer's LWI conference on Marco Island.  From the abstract:

Our federal system includes 562 federally-recognized American Indian nations, most of whom have their own sovereign lands, governments, and court systems, and who interact every day with the state and federal systems. Yet most legal thought overlooks our sovereign Native American nations and legal heritage. Although much of American law and policy intersects Tribal jurisdictions, such issues generally appear in the law school curriculum only in specialized, upper-level courses. This Article argues that the three-sovereign system should provide the fundamental framework for the United States legal system across the legal curriculum, and provides several concrete examples for how to do so. It also argues that many law courses should touch upon how their disciplines impact Tribal jurisdictions and their citizens.

By changing our fundamental orientation toward the role of Tribal sovereigns in the U.S. system, we will advance the academy’s goals of scholarship, teaching, and service. First, we will accurately represent the true structure and diversity of our tripartite federal system. Second, we can improve learning by using direct and comparative Tribal perspectives for fundamental legal principles and methods. Third, we can further the social justice mission by raising awareness of Tribal sovereignty among future advocates and lawmakers.

I am the scholarship dude.


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Thank you so much for the post, Jim. The article will be in Volume 36 of Fla. State Law Review, which is actually last year's volume, and should be out in print in the next few months.

The panel presentation at LWI 2010 will include Barbara Blumenfeld (UNM) and Samantha Moppett (Suffolk). Our title is Teaching the Third Sovereign: How and Why to Include Tribal Nations and Courts in Legal Writing Courses.

Posted by: Tonya Kowalski | Sep 24, 2009 6:40:39 AM

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