A Lawyer in Indian Country: A Memoir / Edition 2by Alvin J. Ziontz
Pub. Date: 10/01/2012
Publisher: University of Washington Press
In his memoir, Alvin Ziontz reflects on his more than thirty years representing Indian tribes, from a time when Indian law was little known through landmark battles that upheld tribal sovereignty. He discusses the growth and maturation of tribal government and the underlying tensions between Indian society and the non-Indian world. A Lawyer in Indian Country/i>
In his memoir, Alvin Ziontz reflects on his more than thirty years representing Indian tribes, from a time when Indian law was little known through landmark battles that upheld tribal sovereignty. He discusses the growth and maturation of tribal government and the underlying tensions between Indian society and the non-Indian world. A Lawyer in Indian Country presents vignettes of reservation life and recounts some of the memorable legal cases that illustrate the challenges faced by individual Indians and tribes.
As the senior attorney arguing U.S. v. Washington, Ziontz was a party to the historic 1974 Boldt decision that affirmed the Pacific Northwest tribes' treaty fishing rights, with ramifications for tribal rights nationwide. His work took him to reservations in Montana, Wyoming, and Minnesota, as well as Washington and Alaska, and he describes not only the work of a tribal attorney but also his personal entry into the life of Indian country.
Ziontz continued to fight for tribal rights into the late 1990s, as the Makah tribe of Washington sought to resume its traditional whale hunts. Throughout his book, Ziontz traces his own path through this public history - one man's pursuit of a life built around the principles of integrity and justice.
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Table of Contents
Foreword by Charles WilkinsonPreface Acknowledgments1. The Road to Neah Bay 2. The Road to Neah Bay Begins in Chicago3. The University of Chicago, the Army, and Seattle4. Becoming a Lawyer5. Seven Years of Lawyering in West Seattle6. Creating a Law Firm7. Indian Fishing Rights: Joining the Struggle 8. The Makahs 9. Recovering Lost Property: Ozette, Tatoosh, and Waadah10. The Lummi Tribe11. Indian Fishing Rights: Eighty Years of Suppression, Twenty Years of Confrontation12. The Big Bang: U.S. v. Washington Begins13. U.S. v. Washington: The Trial14. U.S. v. Washington: Closing Arguments and Judge Boldt's Decision15. The U.S. Supreme Court Has the Last Word: Consequences of the Boldt Decision16. The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation17. The Northern Cheyennes Fight Strip-Mining18. The Northern Cheyennes and the Hollowbreast Case19. The Oliphant Case: A Setback for Tribal Government20. Writing about the Indian Civil Rights Act21. Leaving Law for Academia22. A Firm of Tribal Attorneys 23. Representing Fishermen of the Alaska Peninsula24. The Mille Lacs Band of Chippewas25. The Wanda Boswell Case26. The Northern Arapaho Tribe27. Photographing the Northern Cheyennes28. The Makah Whale Hunt29. A Life in BeingNotes Selected Bibliography
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