Teaching the Savages How to Govern

Hopi Life from the Edward S. Curtis Collection, Library of Congress

Rodney King is not an educated man, but his plaintive cry in the middle of a Los Angeles riot,

Can’t we all just get along?

was freighted with wisdom far beyond book learning. I am reminded of my resolve to “get along” when I graduated from law school and became one of about 2,000 Indian `lawyers at the time in the entire country. I would never, I had told…



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Steve Russell

Steve Russell


Enrolled Cherokee, 9th grade dropout, retired judge, associate professor emeritus, and (so far) cancer survivor. Memoir: Lighting the Fire (Miniver Press 2020)