The Restatement of the Law of American Indians: The Process and Why It Matters

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I’m here to talk about the Restatement of Indian Law or, as it is called currently, the Restatement of the Law of American Indians. My lovely wife, Wenona Singel, and I are co-Reporters along with a good friend of ours named Kaighn Smith. This project has been ongoing since at least 2012, so it’s been going on for a long time and we’re a few years away from completion—assuming we get that far. I’m going to talk a little bit about what restatements are, what the process is like, and I’m going to do so in a way that I hope is not ridiculously boring. It is an incredibly sober and important activity, so to begin let me tell you my personal favorite story about this process.


Work published when author not on Michigan Law faculty.