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Federal Indian Law Practice in the Current Era

This seminar will explore current issues relating to federal Indian law, with a focus on the statutes that shape federal Indian law and an overview of common areas of practice. Matters considered will include: tribal lands and land acquisition, Self-Determination contracting and compacting, the Indian Child Welfare Act, criminal law jurisdiction (including the Violence Against Women Act of 2013), and Indian gaming. The course will include guest lectures, and class discussion. Members of the seminar will write two one page issue papers and one medium length paper on a current Indian law subject.