Vine Deloria, Jr., the most prolific Native writer and one of the most gifted intellectuals in American history, left a deep imprint in many of the fields he so artfully plowed, including: education, religion, politics, cultural critic, history, and indigenous knowledge. His scholarship on specific subjects came in waves, with each wave building upon the previous one before reaching its remarkable crest.
Deloria's scholastic and pragmatic legacy in federal Indian law and policy and indigenous governance is one that has produced several major books and numerous articles, which, in the pantheon of Deloria's prodigious body of works, rank highly in terms of their quality, clarity, and importance. He has influenced a wide body of legal works including treaties, international law and legal analysis as a whole.
Copyright © 2006 North Dakota Law Review. This article first appeared in North Dakota Law Review 82, no. 3 (June 2006), 903-914.
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Wilkens, David E. “The 'Actual State of Things': Teaching About Law in Political and Historical Context.” North Dakota Law Review June 2006: 903-914.