The Rise of Tribes and the Fall of Federal Indian Law

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Lance Morgan.

This Article will question some of the fundamental principles of federal Indian law—because it is still grounded in the biases of the past—and explain how the growing economic power of tribes is empowering the rapid growth of tribal law. I have stopped and started this Article and others like it several times. I have struggled to approach it like an academic article or as a good story. I decided to try to blend the styles. I will lay out the basic legal framework in a more traditional way and then switch to simply trying to tell the story of what tribes are doing to bypass the restrictions of federal Indian law. I hope that by telling the story, it will help the reader understand the natural progression of the thought process and lay the groundwork for further expansion.

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