The Essentials of Indian Law:
This popular class explores the cases, laws and regulations that affect everyday life in Indian Country. We’ll answer questions such as: What is “sovereignty?” Can tribes be sued? Can tribal officials and employees be sued? Who has jurisdiction? Who must use the tribal court? What is the power of the tribal council? What are the federal laws that apply to tribes? What are the impacts and extent of federal agency authority on Indian reservations? Plus we’ll review recent Supreme Court and lower court cases that impact sovereign immunity, a tribe’s ability to take lands into trust, civil and criminal jurisdiction within their reservations, and more.
This class provides important background to help tribes better protect tribal interests by understanding the laws that apply. If you work for a tribal organization, you’ll gain a better understanding of how to assert and protect tribal sovereignty and serve your tribal community. If you work for a federal, state or local government agency, you’ll learn how to work more effectively and develop positive relationships with tribes.
We recommend you purchase American Indian Law in a Nutshell, by William C. Canby to complement your learning experience.
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