Matthew L.M. Fletcher is an associate professor at Michigan State University College of Law and director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center. He is the chief justice of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Supreme Court and also sits as an appellate judge for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the Hoopa Valley Tribe.
Prof. Fletcher co-authored the sixth edition of Cases on Federal Indian Law (Thomson West, 2010) with David Getches, Charles Wilkinson, and Robert Williams, and authored American Indian Tribal Law (Aspen, 2011), the first casebook for law students on tribal law. He recently published American Indian Education: Counternarratives in Racism, Struggle, and the Law (Routledge 2008), and co-edited Facing the Future: The Indian Child Welfare Act at 30 with Wenona T. Singel and Kathryn E. Fort (Michigan State University Press, 2009). Prof. Fletcher has published articles with the Arizona Law Review, the Harvard Journal on Legislation, the Hastings Law Journal, the Houston Law Review, the Tulane Law Review, and many others.
Prof. Fletcher graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1997 and the University of Michigan in 1994. He has worked as a staff attorney for four Indian Tribes—the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, the Hoopa Valley Tribe, the Suquamish Tribe, and the Grand Traverse Band, and he has been a consultant to the Seneca Nation of Indians Court of Appeals. He is a citizen of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, located in Peshawbestown, Michigan. He is married to Wenona Singel, a citizen of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, and they have two sons, Owen and Emmett.