Publication is landmark in Indian law

Thursday, December 29th 2005, 9:37 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The first copies of an eight-volume collection of tribal legal rulings are being called a landmark achievement in Indian law.

The volumes, scheduled to be off the presses by February 1st, will provide lawyers and judges with the first comprehensive, indexed collection of a tribal court system's rulings.

Melissa Tatum, a law professor at the University of Tulsa, is coeditor of the volumes. She worked on the project with Michelle Grunsted, a former Muscogee (Creek) Nation law clerk and lecturer at the University of Oklahoma College of Business.

Grunsted searched federal archives for opinions from the time the Creeks were removed in 1832 from the southeastern US until the government shut down their court system in about 1906.