Curriculum

Federal Indian Law
This course provides an overview of the law governing the relationship between Indian nations and the federal government. It covers jurisdictional conflicts among sovereign governments that define the field; the bases of tribal sovereignty; the structure and history of the federal-tribal relationship; and the unique principles governing Indian law cases.

U.S. Federal Gaming Law 
This course will provide basic information about federal gambling law, including laws concerning Native American casinos, interstate wagering, international wagering, transportation of wagering devices, sports wagering, and online wagering.

Indian Gaming Law
This course is designed to cover the growing area of Indian Gaming Law. Revenues from 494 tribal gaming facilities exceed $32.4 billion dollars a year. This course will provide students with a background on the growth of tribal gaming in North America, the substance and application of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA), the powers of the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), and issues of tribal sovereignty. In just over 30 years, “Indian gaming” has become a $34.6 billion industry with over 500 gaming facilities operated by 245 American Indian tribes in 29 states. Today, more people can gamble at a casino near them than ever. Tribal casinos like those in North Dakota and Minnesota are transforming reservation quality of life and tribal government administration. And Indian gaming is creating new legal, political, and socioeconomic opportunities and challenges for tribal and non-tribal governments, policymakers, and legal professionals throughout the U.S.

Tribal Law and Governance
This one-semester course examines the structure and history of Native American tribal governments, law, courts, and regulatory agencies. While its focus is on tribal legal institutions, the course also examines the interplay between economic development and tribal governance in gaming and other areas. The course is intended to prepare students to work with or within tribal governments.

Tribal Law Development Practicum (Second semester, Community Law)
Students enrolled in Tribal Law & Governance may enroll in the Practicum if they wish to complete an individual project for a tribal client. Students are assigned a project during fall semester and perform background research relevant to the project. Past projects have included: drafting and amending criminal, delinquency, and child welfare laws, assisting with constitutional revision, writing judicial bench books and pro se handbooks, and researching federal acknowledgement and treaty rights. During spring semester, students work individually on the projects and meet regularly with the professor. Students should expect to present their work to the client for feedback in March or April and to complete the project by the end of the semester.

Contemporary Issues in Tribal Governance
This is an exciting, participatory, multidisciplinary course in which we will learn about the distinctive status of American Indian tribes in the American political system, the evolution of federal Indian law and policy, and significant contemporary issues facing American Indian / Alaskan Native communities, shaping tribal governance, and driving tribal-federal-state-local intergovernmental relations.

Guided Research and Writing in Indian Gaming
This is a team-taught (aka team-coached) multidisciplinary course in which students will learn about and produce original research on Indian gaming law and policy, advance their professional and academic writing skills and ability to communicate effectively about complex topics to a wide range of audiences, and reflect on the types of knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that facilitate success in settings ranging from school to career.