Source: (2002) Native American Law Digest. 12(11): 1-4.

Growth and Change. This is a time of growth and change for tribal courts, both numerically and in terms of the subject matter of the cases they hear. As Professor Frank Pommersheim observed in "Tribal Courts: Providers of Justice and Protectors of Sovereignty" (Adjudicature, November-December 1995), "Tribal courts have demonstrated an exceptional capacity for growth in competence and sophistication in the last quarter century. They are currently hearing more cases of greater complexity and impact than ever before. As part of this process of significant change, tribal courts are crafting a unique jurisprudence of vision and cultural integrity. In other words, tribal courts are responding competently and creatively to federal oversight pressures and cultural values in order to synthesize the best of both traditions." (excerpt)