With nine federally recognized tribes, several tribes in neighboring states with treaty rights and lands in Oregon, and a significant Native American population, the University of Oregon School of Law regards teaching Indian law and related subjects as part of the mission of the state’s public law school.
The course offerings include Indian Law, which introduces students to the history of Indian law and policy from the colonial era to the present, the key legal principles of tribal sovereignty, the federal/tribal trust relationship, treaty rights, and jurisdiction in Indian country. Students may also take specialized seminars in Contemporary Issues in American Indian Law, Tribal Courts and Tribal Law, and Comparative Indigenous Peoples Law. Related courses in Natural Resources Law, Water Resources Law, Wildlife Law, and Public Trust Law devote class time and resources to the important Native American components of these subjects.
Oregon Law also hosts the Native Environmental Sovereignty Project in its Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center, which partners student fellows with faculty project leaders on cutting edge issues in Federal Indian law. Indeed, Oregon Law is one of the nation’s leaders in scholarship and teaching on the confluence of Indian law and natural resources law.
As part of the Indian Law program, Oregon Law annually sponsors the Rennard Strickland Indian Law Lecture Series, which brings outstanding scholars and policy leaders in the field to the law school each November for a keynote lecture and interaction with students, faculty, and tribal leaders.