Courses 2014 - 2015

LAW B 584 Indian Law Seminar

Credits: 2-6, Max 6

Although the United States Congress is vested with the primary constitutional authority over Tribes, it is the Supreme Court that has been most active in defining the rights and powers of the Indigenous Tribes in the last fifty years. Many of the decisions of the Court have undermined the ability of the Tribes to govern their territory, protect their citizens and engage in their religious practices. The course provides a framework for understanding the changes in federal Indian law through an analysis of the foundational doctrines of Indian law and the way in which the courts and the Congress are modifying and applying those doctrines to shape contemporary federal Indian law and policy. The course will compare and contrast the experience of the Indigenous peoples of the United States to the experience of other Indigenous people who were subjected to British colonial laws and policies in New Zealand, Australia and Canada. Enrollment is limited to students who have taken A565 or who secure permission from the instructor.

Not offered this academic year.

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