Native American Natural Resources Law

Native American Natural Resources Law - Professor Michael Blumm

  • Course Number: LAW-518
  • Course Type: Foundational
  • Credits: 3
  • Enrollment Limit: Determined by the Registrar
  • Description: This course considers a variety of natural resources and environmental law issues of concern to American Indian peoples. The broad themes of the course involve understanding the significance of tribal sovereignty and distinguishing between tribal sovereign control over and proprietary ownership of natural resources. The course also examines a variety of federal-state-tribal jurisdictional conflicts over natural resources development and environmental protection. Specific topics include land claims; the land-into-trust process, environmental regulation; mineral and timber development; water rights, and fishing, hunting, and gathering rights, which are of particular concern to tribes in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Prerequisite: none
  • Evaluation Method: Final take-home examination; class participation
  • Capstone: no
  • WIE: no