Repeating the Mistakes of the Past in “The New Trail of Tears”
Matthew L. M. Fletcher takes issue with Riley’s screed “The New Trail of Tears.”...
Matthew L. M. Fletcher is professor of Law at Michigan State University College of Law and Director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center. He is a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, located in Peshawbestown, Michigan. He sits as the Chief Justice of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Supreme Court and also sits as an appellate judge for the Grand Traverse Band, the Hoopa Valley Tribe, the Lower Elwha Tribe, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, and the Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska. With David Getches, Charles Wilkinson, and Robert Williams, Professor Fletcher co-authored the sixth edition of Cases and Materials on Federal Indian Law (Thomson West, 2011). His books include American Indian Tribal Law (Aspen, 2011), the first casebook for law students on tribal law; The Return of the Eagle: The Legal History of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan State University Press, 2012); and American Indian Education: Counternarratives in Racism, Struggle, and the Law (Routledge, 2008). His articles have appeared in American Indian Law Review, Arizona Law Review, California Law Review Circuit, University of Colorado Law Review, Harvard Journal on Legislation, Michigan Law Review First Impressions, Yale Law Journal Online, and many others, and he is the primary editor and author of the leading law blog on American Indian law and policy, Turtle Talk.