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


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

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dc.contributor.author Lopez, Antoinette Sedillo
dc.date.accessioned 2007-12-02T21:11:13Z
dc.date.available 2007-12-02T21:11:13Z
dc.date.issued 2000
dc.identifier.citation 17 Ariz. J. Int'l & Comp. L. 283 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/3521
dc.description 25 p. ; Previously published in the Arizona Journal of International & Comparative Law. en
dc.description.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. en_US
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dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher College of Law of the University of Arizona en_US
dc.subject Tribal Law en_US
dc.subject Navajo Law en_US
dc.subject Marriage en_US
dc.subject Tribal Marriage en_US
dc.subject Navajo Marriage en_US
dc.subject Common Law Marriage en_US
dc.subject Indigenous Law Development en_US
dc.subject Traditional Marriage en_US
dc.title Evolving Indigenous Law: Navajo Marriage--Cultural Traditions and Modern Challenges en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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