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Thomas Paul Schlosser
LAW B 584
Seattle Campus

Indian Law Seminar

Covers advanced topics in Indian Law. Prerequisite: LAW A 565 or permission of instructor.

Class description

This seminar builds upon the material covered in the basic and advanced American Indian Law courses. Seminar participants will become familiar with the full range of very recent and ongoing litigation concerning American Indian tribes in areas such as child welfare, contracting, employment, environmental regulation, natural resources, gaming, land claims, religious freedom, sovereignty, taxation, and breach of trust. Students will select appropriate case studies for a class hand‑out, a presentation and a 10 page final paper. Students will learn to identify procedural strengths and weakness in how those cases were litigated. Grades will be based on knowledge of the material and quality of final paper. Class participation is strongly encouraged. Students are responsible for all material assigned on the syllabus, or handed out in class, even if it is not covered in a class session. Please feel free to arrange a time at my office to discuss the course. You may also e‑mail me with any questions that you have.

Student learning goals

Seminar participants will become familiar with the full range of very recent and ongoing litigation concerning American Indian tribes in areas such as child welfare, contracting, employment, environmental regulation, natural resources, gaming, land claims, religious freedom, sovereignty, taxation, and breach of trust.

Students will learn to identify procedural strengths and weakness in how those cases were litigated.

Students will hear visiting tribal attorneys describe ongoing work and strategic isseues.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Text: Case syllabi from Recent American Indian Law Rulings, found at http://schlosserlawfiles.com/Indianlawseminar1013.pdf will be used in the first few classes. In addition, current postings in the American Indian Law Forum http://forums.delphiforums.com/Indianlaw/messages must be reviewed periodically during the course and prior to each class.

See course syllabus. Link below.


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.
Additional Information
Last Update by Thomas Paul Schlosser
Date: 12/30/2013