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Evolving Indigenous Law: Navajo Marriage--Cultural Traditions and Modern Challenges

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Title: Evolving Indigenous Law: Navajo Marriage--Cultural Traditions and Modern Challenges
Author: Lopez, Antoinette Sedillo
Subject: Tribal Law
Navajo Law
Marriage
Tribal Marriage
Navajo Marriage
Common Law Marriage
Indigenous Law Development
Traditional Marriage
Abstract: Tribal regulation of marriage is an example of tribal government and tribal court using the legal system to reclaim traditional values and to resist (at least in part) the dominant values imposed on the Navajo Nation. Identity as Diné (the Navajo’s term to refer to themselves) is based on clan affiliations, which are determined by blood and marriage. Marriage has been an important and sacred institution in Navajo tradition. The Navajo Supreme Court and the Tribal Council have attempted to find a substantive law of marriage that respects traditional Navajo culture while meeting contemporary needs of Navajo people. The Navajo Nation’s legal regulation of marriage has changed over time in a struggle to balance respect for sacred tradition and the needs of contemporary Navajo people. Ultimately, the Navajo Supreme Court and Tribal Council developed marital tribal law in a way that resists, at least in part, dominant Anglo-American cultural values concerning marriage, and meets the needs of the Navajo people.
Date: 2000
Publisher: College of Law of the University of Arizona
Citation: 17 Ariz. J. Int'l & Comp. L. 283
Description: 25 p. ; Previously published in the Arizona Journal of International & Comparative Law.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/3521


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