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Matthew Fletcher examines both the philosophical foundations and anti-First Nation rhetoric that have been codified into laws which suppress and actively harm Native people.


Even before the Revolutionary War, American colonists feared and fought "merciless Indian savages," and through the following centuries, American law and policy have been molded by the relentless tradition of Indian-hating. From proportional representation and restrictions on the right to bear arms, to the break-up of tribal property rights and the destruction of Indian culture and family, the attacks on tribal governance and people continue and remain endemic. More than just a study of the progression of law, this book balances each chapter's history with the relating of a traditional Anishinaabe story or teaching, providing both context and a roadmap for survival.


Ghost Road was awarded the IPA 2022 Distinguished Favorite Award. 

Ghost Road was awarded Silver in the IPPY book award contest (Great Lakes-Non-Fiction)


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The Ghost Road

  • Matthew L.M. Fletcher, a member of the Grand Traverse Band, is Professor of Law at Michigan State University College of Law and Director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center. 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 of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, the Hoopa Valley Tribe, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians, the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, the Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska, and the Tulalip Tribes. In addition to writing Federal Indian Law and Principles of Federal Indian Law, Fletcher has co-authored numerous publications, and is the primary editor and author of the leading law blog on American Indian law and policy, Turtle Talk.

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