Traditional jurisprudence must be a foundation of the current international indigenous rights efforts regarding sacred sites and artifacts, religious practices, and culture. If Indian advocates are unable to articulate what we believe and the nature of the society being destroyed, it is more difficult to argue for its continuity. More importantly, we must be able to explain to ourselves what we believe, teaching our own people and incorporating those beliefs into our tribal institutions. Doing so will ensure an indigenous based social-legal system that carries us into the future.

Gregory H. Bigler
Traditional Jurisprudence and Protection of Our Society: A Jurisgenerative Tail