Larry E. Nesper F'04

Larry E. Nesper
Professor
Anthropology and American Indian studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison

ACLS Fellowship Program 2004
ACLS/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Junior Faculty Fellow

Assistant Professor
Anthropology
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Tribal Court and an Emerging Ojibwe Tribal State in Wisconsin

I intend to write a book provisionally titled Tribal Court and an Emerging Ojibwe Tribal State in Wisconsin on the basis of research that I started in three years ago on the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe reservation in Wisconsin. The community instituted a court and wrote a natural resource code in 1983 after a favorable Circuit Court of Appeals decision to adjudicate disputes that arise out of the exercise of off-reservation hunting and fishing rights by tribal members. I am writing about the history of the court and the ways in which it is transforming the community on the basis of the tape-recorded copies of approximately 80 hours of trials that involve alleged violations of tribal law in the area of the exercise of their treaty rights with which they are deeply identified.