This volume would not have been possible had it not been for the many participants in the first ever conference on law and the Great Plains held at the University of Nebraska and sponsored by the Center for Great Plains Studies in March 1991. They took a risk. They were willing to consider topics within a regional interdisciplinary context that had not previously been contemplated.
Sessions ranged from "Rights and the Great Plains: An International Dimension," "Meyer v. Nebraska," "Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka," and "Economic and Environmental Regulation on the Great Plains," to "Image and Word of the Law: Architecture and Literature on the Great Plains," "Divorce, Great Plains Style," "Water Law and the Great Plains," "Law Enforcement on the Great Plains," "Extralegal Activity and the Great Plains," and "Native Americans and the Law."
In addition to the authors of the following essays, other noteworthy participants included Richard T. Harrison ( University of Alberta), Thomas Baker ( Texas Tech University), Lucius Barker ( Stanford University), Jesse H. Choper ( University of California, Berkeley), Arthur McEvoy ( University of Wisconsin-Madison), H. Hamner Hill ( Southeast Missouri State University), William G. Ross ( Samford University), Nina Totenberg (National Public Radio), Andrew Eisenberg ( Brown University), Emilia Gonzalez Clements ( University of Kentucky), Yasuhide Kawashima ( University of Texas at El