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Illuminating the Invisible American Sovereignty: A Profile of the ABF’s First Scholar of Native American Legal Systems

Summer 2017

Researching Law, Vol. 28, No. 1

Professor Justin Richland joined the ABF’s cohort of researchers in the fall of 2016. Professor Richland is a linguistic anthropologist and legal scholar whose research focuses on the intersections of culture, language, and law in contemporary Native American governance. His work has explored legal discourse analysis and semiotics, anthropology of law, and contemporary Native American law, politics, art, and ethnographic museology. For this edition of Researching Law, we sat down with Professor Richland to discuss his background in tribal law, his research, and how he is currently working with and for Native people in the United States.