Section Description Provided by Instructor
This course is aimed at a comprehensive understanding of Native American law and the history that has formed this law. Native American Law is in a sense the most all-encompassing of any field of law, as it necessarily entails the study of the Constitution, federalism and the federal system, international law, the full span of American (and colonial) legal and political history, criminal and civil law and jurisdiction, administrative law, civil rights, the Commerce Clause, the Treaty Power, the First Amendment, resource rights, trust law, economic development and the laws of other nations. The course will explore the divisions and contentions among Indian, federal, state and international authorities by moving in a chronological fashion from the early colonial era to the most recent meetings of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
The format of the class is an interactive seminar based on assigned readings, and paper on a topic of the student's choosing done under the professor's guidance after submission of a first draft.
M 6:20p - 8:10p
Method of Evaluation
J.D. Writing Credit
Minor (automatic), Major (only upon consultation)