Federal Indian Law I (Law Students or AIS students) or AIS 584-Development of Federal Indian Law & Policy (required for AIS students and other graduate students), or permission of instructor.
The course emphasis will be American Indian tribal governments, tribal courts, tribal peacemaking, tribal laws, and American Indian customary law, with a special focus on Navajo common law as a case study model. Ray Austin, instructor for the course, is a retired Associate Justice of the Navajo Nation Supreme Court.
Required Texts: Ray Austin, Navajo Courts and Navajo Common Law, A Tradition of Tribal Self-Governance (University of Minnesota Press, 2009), Marianne O. Nielsen and James W. Zion, Navajo Nation Peacemaking (University of Arizona Press, 2005), and materials to be assigned. Recommended Text (not required): Getches, Wilkinson, Williams & Fletcher, Federal Indian Law: Cases and Materials (6th ed) (students will read some cases from this text for in-class presentations).
This will be a traditional law school course, with lecture, discussion, speakers, and in-class presentations.
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Final paper or papers or final exam
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Final paper, papers, or examination, and in-class presentations.