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.
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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General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
All the assignments are take-home and in multi-question/essay format, including the final exam.