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Charlotte Cote
AIS 335
Seattle Campus

American Indians and the Law

History of laws governing American Indians: aboriginal law systems, U. S. laws, and contemporary tribal laws. Effects of laws and legal institutions on contemporary Indian identity and tribal status, self-government, land ownership and use, natural resources, religion, family life, cultural and spiritual practices, crimes and punishment, and federal responsibilities for Indians.

Class description

This course introduces students to the field of federal Indian law, focusing on the foundational principles and doctrines that regulate the legal and political relationship between Indian tribes and the United States.

Throughout the course students will analyze and discuss important legal cases, statutes and historical material to comprehend the unique legal, political and sovereign status of Indian tribes and to understand how these legal cases impact Native American people and their respective communities.

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Class assignments and grading

All the assignments are take-home and in multi-question/essay format, including the final exam.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Charlotte Cote
Date: 03/23/2008