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“American Indian Tribal Governance”—Book Signing and Discussion

Mon, October 9, 2023, 11:00 am12:00 pm

Stephen Wall (Ojibwe)
Stephen Wall (Ojibwe)

Stephen Wall (Ojibwe)

Join us for a book signing and discussion on Monday, October 9, from 11 am to Noon, with Stephen Wall (Ojibwe), IAIA Indigenous Liberal Studies Faculty Emeritus. He will discuss his latest publication, American Indian Tribal Governance: A Critical Perspective. This event is part of the Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration, and as such, admission to the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) in downtown Santa Fe at 108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe, NM 87501, is free for the entire day. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn more about tribal governance and celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day with us!

For more information or questions, please contact IAIA Stores Manager Elissa Wheeler at or (505) 428-5912.

About American Indian Tribal Governance

Tribal College Press’s (TCP) new book entitled, American Indian Tribal Governance: A Critical Perspective, is now available for purchase and use in college classrooms. Tribal college professor emeritus Stephen Wall marshals his broad understanding of both Indigenous and Western legal traditions as well as nearly a half century of experience interfacing with tribal governments in this new volume. The first book of its kind, American Indian Tribal Governance is at once a concise topical overview and an expression of self-determination, sovereignty, and decolonization. The book is ideal for use in American Indian studies courses at tribal colleges and mainstream institutions.

Nick Estes (Lakota), author of Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline and The Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance, says “Few studies take seriously the challenges facing modern tribal governments. Stephen Wall studies the enigma of modern tribes that continue to vex and challenge American Indians and the United States government alike. Not only were tribal governments never intended by the United States to be permanent, but they were also never meant to effectively govern. Wall exposes the contradictions of ‘quasi-sovereignty’ and the colonial function of US-American Indian relations. A thorough survey, American Indian Tribal Governance is a great primer.”

Rebecca Tsosie (Yaqui), a Regents Professor and the Morris K. Udall Professor of Law at the University of Arizona, states, “This is a wonderful book, devoted to understanding the essential nature and functions of tribal governments, yet contextualized by the relevant American history, jurisprudence, and political movements that have impacted the development of modern tribal governments. Wall’s deep knowledge of tribal governance is apparent, and he offers the reader a grounded account of the challenges that face modern tribal governments, while also generating a vibrant narrative of tribal self-determination. This book is quite readable, and it will be of interest to both students and scholars. This is the best concise reference work on tribal governments that I have seen in recent years, and it is deeply informative on many levels.”

American Indian Tribal Governance: A Critical Perspective is now available online at the Tribal College website and is also available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

About the Author

Stephen Wall (Ojibwe) is a member of the White Earth Nation and was raised on the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation in southern New Mexico. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law and has worked as a researcher, health administrator, prosecutor, and as the chief judge of the Mescalero Apache Tribe. Professor Wall is also the founding chair of the Indigenous Liberal Studies department at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

About Tribal College Press

An imprint of Tribal College: Journal of American Indian Higher Education, TCP serves as the academic press for the nation’s accredited tribal colleges and universities (TCUs). Interdisciplinary in nature but grounded in American Indian studies, the press publishes books that pertain to TCUs or which are authored by tribal college faculty, students, and leaders.


Mon, October 9, 2023
11:00 am–12:00 pm
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