College of Letters & Science l Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Larry Nesper received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1994. He wrote a book on the Chippewa spearfishing conflict in Wisconsin in the 1980s and 90s. He is also a consultant for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission and several of the Wisconsin tribes.
Treaties with American Indian tribes became quite important in the 1970s and 80s as indigenous communities revitalized cultures and society. The conflict in Wisconsin has led to important changes in the tribes as well as how the resources in the northern part of the state are managed.
There are 11 tribal courts in Wisconsin and they are all expanding their ranges of jurisdiction as they have different origins and purposes in the communities which they serve.