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John Dossett

Adjunct Law Faculty

John Dossett is the General Counsel to the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI).   Founded in 1944, NCAI is the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native government organization.  NCAI serves as a forum for unified policy development among tribal governments in order to protect and advance tribal sovereignty and treaty rights; promote economic development and health and welfare; and educate the public toward a better understanding of Indian and Alaska Native tribes.  NCAI is organized as a representative congress of tribal leaders that serves to develop consensus on national priority issues.


Mr. Dossett’s work at NCAI began in 1995 and includes a range of legal, legislative and intergovernmental issues relating to the rights of Indian tribal governments.   He co-directs the Tribal Supreme Court Project, along with the Native American Rights Fund.  His work on congressional and regulatory matters focuses on tribal sovereignty, tribal lands and the federal trust responsibility, tribal tax issues, and criminal justice.  He was an architect of the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010, was deeply involved in the Violence Against Women Act amendments of 2013 which led to tribal criminal jurisdiction over non-Indian offenders, and has been involved in many other legislative and regulatory initiatives relating tribal governments over the last twenty years.   Mr. Dossett received his bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and his law degree from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Previous Courses:

Federal Indian Law in Current Era Seminar - Spring 2015, 2017

Specialty Areas & Course Descriptions

Federal Indian Law - Spring 2019

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John Dossett Adjunct Law Faculty

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