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Tribal Courts/Tribal Law Seminar

NOTE: This course description is new for the 2015-2016 academic year. You may read the prior course description immediately below the new one. 


Spring 2016

This course examines the developing body of tribal court jurisprudence and tribal law.  The basic approach will be to study and analyze various tribal court decisions dealing with important and diverse issues of tribal law such as tribal constitutions, tribal membership, tribal elections, civil rights, criminal law, family law, property law, contracts and torts.

There is no exam.

NOTE: The below course description applies to prior academic years.

Description: This advanced seminar provides in-depth study of current issues in Indian law, which may include tribal sovereignty and tribal court jurisdiction, reservation economic development and environmental regulation, cultural resource protection, and tribal rights in natural resources and endangered species. This class will explore the ways history, legislation and litigation influence the development of Indian law and policy. Completion of the basic course in Federal Indian Law is a prerequisite for this seminar or other arrangements can be made with the professor. The class format will include group discussion, a research paper and a class presentation by each student. Papers can satisfy the A or B writing requirement and can apply towards the Environmental Law Certificate.

Prerequisite: Federal Indian Law

Meets Capstone writing requirement.