Lawyering in Indian Country

This 2-credit course considers the intersection of Federal/State/Tribal administrative practices. Students will be taught the nuts and bolts of working with a wide variety of entities in the area of government to government relations, with a focus on tribal law. Although focused on tribal law, this class would also be useful for students interested in local government. Specific topics include tax agreements, MOU/MOA, contracts, policies, code writing, resolutions, and legal opinions. Course student goals include being 1) able to recognize and understand the basic principles of federal Indian law as applied by in-house counsel in the development of tribal law; 2) able to understand and critically examine tribal legal and policy issues, and 3) able to effectively communicate, orally and in writing, to tribal administration and tribal council.

Method of evaluation:  Graded upon application of law clarity, and due process.

Required Work:

Weekly Assignment   40%

Midterm MOU         20%

Final Code          20%

Class Participation 20%