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Arguing with Tradition: The Language of Law in Hopi Tribal Court

Justin B. Richland


This book explores language and interaction within a contemporary Native American legal system. Grounded in extensive field research on the Hopi Tribe of northeastern Arizona—on whose appellate court he now serves as Justice Pro Tempore—this work explains how Hopi notions of tradition and culture shape and are shaped by the processes of Hopi jurisprudence. Like many indigenous legal institutions across North America, the Hopi Tribal Court was created in the image of Anglo-American-style law. However, the book shows that in recent years, Hopi jurists and litigants have called for their courts t ... More

Keywords: Hopi Tribe, Arizona, appellate court, Justice Pro Tempore, jurisprudence, indigenous legal institutions, Hopi Tribal Court, jurists, litigants, Hopi culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226712932
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226712963.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Justin B. Richland, author