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This paper is intended to encourage discussion and stimulate action and thought as well as to support the ongoing work in tribal courts in this area. We are involved in an ongoing process of developing an indigenous body of law and system of justice. We must pay particular attention to how we are going about the development of our court systems and look closely at what is developing. Incorporating customary law, whether wholly or partially, into our developing legal systems makes them truly unique to our individual tribes and reflective of the concepts we, as Indian people, have of law and justice.

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Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy



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Reprinted in: Tribal Legal Studies 114 (Jerry Gardner, ed.) (2004)



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