Texas Tech University

Decolonizing the Foundations in American Indian Law



Book Description:

Federal American Indian Law introduces the reader to the cases that form the foundation of Federal American Indian law as it is practiced in the United States, beginning with the John Marshall trilogy through some later landmark cases. Decolonizing the text of the cases here means unraveling the coded language of the colonizers and exposing the methods of the judiciary, and even going behind the scenes to examine the lives of the jurist who led the way.


Author Bio:

Victoria Sutton, MPA, PhD, JD is the Distinguished Horn Professor and Associate Dean for Digital Learning and Graduate Education at Texas Tech University School of Law.

Prof. Sutton is Director of the Center for Biodefense, Law & Public Policy and founding editor of the Journal for Biosecurity, Biosafety and Biodefense Law. Her work was cited by the White House supporting an Executive Order to review the regulatory program for biodefense laboratory biosafety and biosecurity.

She is a member of the Lumbee Indian Tribe of North Carolina.

She has taught Environmental Law, Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Global Biosecurity Law, Visual Advocacy and the Law, Indigenous Justice, American Indian Law, Environmental Law and International Environmental Law as well as a course in Native American culture and law in the TTU Anthropology and Archaeology Department. 

Prof. Sutton is a founding Member of the National Congress of American Indians, Policy Advisory Board, serving since 2005.

She served as the Native American Students Association advisor at Texas Tech University and at Yale University during her visitorship. She currently serves on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of TTULaw and leads the TTU Indigenous & Native American Circle on developing a certificate program for graduates and undergraduates and building community at TTU.