Frank Pommersheim’s Braid of Feathers: American Indian Law and Contemporary Indian Life offers a thoughtful invitation and a skillful guide into the largely uncharted terrain where federal Indian law meets tribal Indian law. Although of broad scope, including some insightful generalizations about the politics and economics of the American West, the book hones in on the courts of Indian tribes as the meeting place, as “the frontline tribal institutions that most often confront issues of self- determination and sovereignty.” Simply, the book should be read by anyone practicing or even remotely interested in the field of federal Indian law.

Monette, Richard, Book Review- Braid of Feathers: American Indian Law and Contemporary Tribal Life by Frank Pommersheim (1997). 42 S. Dakota L. Rev. 579 (1997); Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1570. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3528770

Richard Monette

University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School

Richard Monette is Professor of Law and Director of the Great Lakes Indian Law Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School. He teaches Torts, Water Law, and Federal Indian law including jurisdiction, taxation, and gaming. He is Chairman and CEO, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa (2000-2003). He previously served as President of the National Native American Bar Association and on the Environmental Protection Agency's National Environmental Justice Advisory Council's Indigenous Peoples' Subcommittee. He has served as Chief Judge for Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Special Judge for HoChunk Nation, Special Judge for the Trial Court of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.



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