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Indian Law

Fall 2019 • Law 678 • Credits: 3

Instructor: Howard Arnett

The course begins with a review of the history of Indian law and explores its sources: treaties, statutes, case law, regulations, and executive orders. The course then turns to issues facing tribes today - the federal trust relationship, tribal sovereignty over internal affairs, criminal and civil jurisdiction over tribal lands, management of natural resources of tribal lands, hunting and fishing rights, and cultural preservation. Underlying all of these issues is an inquiry into the extent to which tribes are free to operate as independent sovereign nations.