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Peter d'Errico

Peter d'Errico

Professional Title: 

Professor Emeritus of Legal Studies


A.B., Bates; LL.B., Yale


Professor d'Errico retired from the University in August, 2002. A central figure in the development of the Legal Studies Department here at UMass, his research and teaching were focused on the legal issues of Native Americans and indigenous peoples. He has also been active in litigation of indigenous peoples' issues.

Professor d'Errico continues to engage in law-related writing and consulting, primarily on issues of concern to indigenous peoples. He is especially involved with Mashpee Wampanoag and Western Shoshone issues, as well as the work of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. He is an occasional columnist for Indian Country Today and book reviewer. He is also an elected member of the Leverett, MA, Select Board, the local governing body.   Peter also regularly posts academic information book reviews and much more at his page. 

For more information, check his website and NativeWeb (resources for indigenous peoples worldwide).


  • Legal Studies