Indian Law Pathway

Explore how Indian law is applied within these practice contexts.


Indian law practitioners advise tribal governments on:

  • Administering internal government structures
  • Creating or complying with environmental, health, employment, and other laws
  • Creating effective regulatory frameworks to address problems arising from tribal commercial enterprises
  • Establishing programs to address health, education, or other issues facing the tribe‚Äôs members
  • Coordinating tribal and federal tax systems


  • Structure and execute complex commercial transactions on behalf of tribes
  • Draft and structure contracts for the takeover and administration of federal programs formerly administered by federal agencies


  • Prosecute, defend, or decide cases in tribal courts involving individuals accused of crimes on tribal lands
  • Represent tribal governments and opposing parties in federal court disputes over fishing rights or environmental claims
  • Represent tribes in disputes arising from their commercial enterprises, including casinos and shopping centers

Public Policy

  • Draft and review tribal legislative policies
  • Pursue long-term litigation strategies to shape judicial interpretation of treaties and agreements between individual tribes and the U.S. government
  • Interact with country, state and federal governments on behalf of tribes

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