Matthew L.M. Fletcher

Matthew L.M. Fletcher
  • MSU Foundation Professor


Matthew L.M. Fletcher is a professor of law at Michigan State University College of Law and the director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center. Professor Fletcher is a leading scholar and contributor to the field of Indian Law. He is a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

Professor Fletcher graduated from the University of Michigan in 1994 and the University of Michigan Law School in 1997. He worked as a staff attorney for four Indian Tribes before joining the MSU Law faculty in 2006. Professor Fletcher is the reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law of American Indians. Federal Indian Law (West Academic Publishing) was published in 2016, followed by Principles of Federal Indian Law (West Academic Publishing) in 2017. His newest book, Ghost Road: Anishinaabe Responses to Indian-Hating, will be published by Fulcrum Publishing in 2020.

Professor Fletcher’s scholarship has been cited by the United States Supreme Court; in more than a dozen federal, state, and tribal courts; numerous federal, state, and tribal court briefs; and in hundreds of law review articles and other secondary legal authorities. He is the primary editor and author of Turtle Talk, the leading law blog on American Indian law and policy. He sits as the chief justice of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Supreme Court. Professor Fletcher is married to Wenona Singel, a member of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, and they have two sons, Owen and Emmett.