New Book: “The Cherokee Supreme Court 1823–1835”

From Carolina Academic Press, here (h/t Legal History Blog):

The Cherokee Supreme Court


by J. Matthew Martin

Forthcoming April 2020 • paper

ISBN 978-1-5310-1841-2
e-ISBN 978-1-5310-1842-9

Tags: Indian and Indigenous Peoples LawLegal HistoryRegional Interest

The first legal history of the first tribal court upends long-held misconceptions about the origins of Westernized tribal jurisprudence. This book demonstrates how the Cherokee people—prior to their removal on the Trail of Tears—used their judicial system as an external exemplar of American legal values, while simultaneously deploying it as a bulwark for tribal culture and tradition in the face of massive societal pressure and change. Extensive case studies document the Cherokee Nation’s exercise of both criminal and civil jurisdiction over American citizens, the roles of women and language in the Supreme Court, and how the courts were used to regulate the slave trade among the Cherokees. Although long-known for its historical value, the legal significance of the Cherokee Supreme Court has not been explored until now

Tribal Court Decides Interesting Election Challenge at Eastern Band Cherokee — It was Just a Typo

Here is the order:

In re Primary Election


Petition for a Writ of Mandamus

Response to Petition for Writ of Mandamus

Interesting Election Challenge at Eastern Band Cherokee

Here is the petition for a writ of mandamus in the Cherokee Supreme Court:

Petition for a Writ of Mandamus 3262013

The dispute centers around a new election code, of which the parties disagree as to when the next election for Principal Chief will be — in 2013 or 2015.