Federal Indian Law
This course covers the development of Federal Indian Law from the late 18th century to the present. Emphasis is given to unique principles of law concerning tribal sovereignty, tribal regulation of non-Indians, the federal trust relationship, tribal hunting, fishing, and water rights, treaties, casinos and reservation economic development and the interplay between tribal, state, and federal criminal and civil jurisdiction. Special attention is given to federal statutes that pertain specifically to Native Americans, for example, regarding civil rights, self governance, and religious and cultural freedom. These statutes, and the above principles of law, are discussed in the context of self-determination principles. Papers may be written in lieu of the exam and can meet the capstone writing requirement.
Capstone writing requirement in lieu of the exam with professor consent