three weeks... five classes... five credits
The world's leading experts in Indigenous Governance are making tracks for Montana this June . . . come join us!
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- Law Students
- Graduate students in American Indian/Native Studies programs
- Students in the Continuing Education Certificate Program in Indigenous Governance
- Attorneys wishing to gain Continuing Legal Education Credits
The classes (each of which meets for one week) are taught by experts in the field of Indigenous governments and are structured for law credit, graduate credit, and continuing education credits.Back to top->
This one-unit course will explore current issues in litigation involving American Indian and Alaska Native children, including private family law disputes and state-initiated child welfare proceedings. The course will introduce students to the Indian Child Welfare Act, including its primary jurisdictional, procedural, and substantive provisions. In addition, the complex jurisdictional law governing interparental custody disputes over children will be covered. In that respect, students will study the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, and selected state and tribal laws.
Domestic Violence presents many challenges to the legal system, both because of its sociological dynamics and because it is one of the rare situations where civil court orders (in the form of protection orders) are enforced through the filing of criminal charges. These already difficult challenges are further complicated when issues of tribal jurisdiction are layered in. This course will explore those challenges and methods of addressing them.
One of the striking features of the last four decades in North America has been the growing assertion and exercise by Indigenous peoples of rights of self-determination and self-government. While these rights are by no means secure in either the United States or Canada, Native nations in North America are playing a larger role today in shaping their own futures than at any time in more than a century. Similar developments also are occurring elsewhere in the world, most notably in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand, which also have seen resurgent Indigenous peoples reclaiming their right to determine for themselves what happens in their communities and on their lands. These developments have drawn attention to an array of issues about Indigenous governance. What does self-government mean in the Indigenous context? How does it differ from self-management or self-administration? How do self-governing nations actually govern? What governance strategies are they using? What tools and capacities do self-governing nations need if they are to be effective at achieving their goals and carrying out the tasks of self-determination? This five-day course attempts to answer these and related questions.
Indigenous people are increasingly turning to international law and the international human rights system as a means of protecting their lands and property. While much attention is given to the United Nations and the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People, this course will focus on the role played by the Organization of American States, and in particular the Inter-American Court and Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in protecting Indigenous peoples' rights to property in their traditional lands and cultural integrity, identity, and survival.
Indigenous peoples continue to struggle with the contradictions between economies organized in ways they desire and the choices presented in contemporary economies. This course addresses five principles that are key to organizing an economy based upon an Indigenous world view: 1.) Because everything is connected, externalities, common pool goods and public goods must be recognized. 2.) Among the most important connections for Indigenous peoples is that with their land. 3.) Reciprocity, both between people and their land, and among people, is a fundamental organizational principle for exchange. 4.) Because peoples' connections to land are permanent, the sustainability of that connection is important, which leads to concern about the far future. 5) Leaders have to be accountable for their actions, based upon implementation of the first four principles.
Who are the instructors?
Barbara Ann Atwood is the Mary Anne Richey Professor of Law Emerita at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, specializing in family law and civil procedure. After graduating from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1976, she clerked for the late Mary Anne Richey, United States District Judge for the District of Arizona, and then worked as a Trial Attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. She taught at the University of Houston Law Center from 1981 to 1986 and has been a member of the University of Arizona law faculty since 1986. Professor Atwood's scholarship explores topics at the intersection of civil procedure and family law, with a particular focus on issues of voice and representation for marginalized groups. She has spoken at national and international conferences on child representation, child's voice, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and private ordering in family law. Her books include Children, Tribes, and States: Adoption and Custody Conflicts Over American Indian Children (2010) and A Courtroom of Their Own: The Life and Work of Judge Mary Anne Richey (1998). Professor Atwood was appointed to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws in 2006 by then-Governor Janet Napolitano and continues to serve as a Commissioner. She is a Board member of the Arizona Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and was appointed Judge Pro Tem for the Tohono O'odham Tribal Courts in 2013. - back to class
Stephen Cornell is Director of the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona and a professor of sociology. He has spent much of the last 20 years working with Indigenous nations and organizations, mostly in the United States but also in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand-on governance, economic development, and tribal policy issues. He is also the co-founder and co-director of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development. - back to class
Seánna Howard is a Staff Attorney and Adjunct Professor with the Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program at the James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona. Ms. Howard engages in international human rights advocacy work on behalf of indigenous communities at the international level, providing legal assistance to indigenous communities before the United Nations and Organization of American States. She teaches the International Human Rights Advocacy Workshop supervising students who work on international cases under her supervision. Ms. Howard received her law degree from the University of Ottawa, Canada in 2000 and an LLM from the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program in 2006. - back to class
Melissa Tatum is Director of the Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program with the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. She specializes in tribal jurisdiction and tribal courts, particularly in the context of domestic violence and protection orders, as well as in issues relating to cultural property. Professor Tatum has served on task forces in Michigan and New Mexico charged with developing procedures to facilitate cross-jurisdictional enforcement of protection orders, and has taught seminars on domestic violence and protection orders throughout the United States for judges, attorneys, law enforcement, and victim advocates, including at the National Tribal Judicial Center. She served as a judge on the Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals for six years, and has developed a system for indexing and publishing tribal court opinions. - back to class
Ron Trosper is the Program Head of the American Indian Studies Program at the University of Arizona. His latest work has been in the areas of Indigenous economic theory and traditional ecological knowledge. He examined the institutions that provided stability for the peoples of the Northwest Coast in his book, Resilience, Reciprocity and Ecological Economics: Northwest Coast Sustainability (Routledge, 2009). He co-edited a book on traditional forest-related knowledge, Traditional Forest Knowledge: Sustaining Communities, Ecosystems and Bio-cultural Diversity, edited by John Parrotta and Ronald Trosper (Springer, 2011). His current interest is applications of the lessons from the Northwest Coast to contemporary issues of social-ecological resilience, particularly for American Indians, which means erasure of the artificial lines between society and nature as well as between facts and values. It also means providing explicit attention to issues of emergent material, cultural, and peoples' structures. He began his career in the field of American Indian Economic Development, working on the economic development task force of the American Indian Policy Review Commission. He also worked on the idea of an American Indian Development Finance Institution, which led to legislation that Ronald Reagan vetoed. After a period of working outside of academia for the Council of Energy Resource Tribes and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, he returned to university work at the School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University, followed by work at the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia. His Ph.D. degree is in Economics, from Harvard University (1974); but he has been a multidisciplinary scholar, publishing in American Indian Studies, Ecological Economics, Economics, Policy Studies, and Anthropology. His administrative positions in academia have been as Acting Director of the National Indian Policy Center at George Washington University (1994), and at Northern Arizona University, as Interim Director of the Institute for Native Americans (1995-96) and Interim Chairman of the Department of Applied Indigenous Studies (2000-2001). - back to class
Robert A. Williams, Jr., is a law professor at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. He is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Indian Tribe of North Carolina and the co-author of the leading Federal Indian Law textbook. Professor Williams has represented tribal groups before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Peoples. He has also served as Chief Justice for the Court of Appeals, Pascua Yaqui Indian Reservation, and as Justice for the Court of Appeals and trial Judge Pro Tem for the Tohono O'odham Nation. - back to class
Tuition and Financial Aid
No financial aid is available from the Summer in Montana program itself. Students should consult the financial aid office at their home institution to explore their options. Because graduate students (other than law students) at The University of Arizona must register for these courses through Outreach College, tuition waivers and/or Qualified Tuition Reduction cannot be applied to this program.
- Law Students: $5239 for the program. Students wishing to take fewer than 5 credits should contact Carrie Stusse at email@example.com for a schedule of tuition and fees
- American Indian Studies Students: $2207 for the program. Students wishing to take fewer than 5 credits should contact Carrie Stusse at firstname.lastname@example.org for a schedule of tuition and fees
- Continuing Education Certificate Students: Courses are included as part of the program's tuition
- Attorneys wishing to obtain CLE Credits: $250 per class
Salish Kootenai College is located in Pablo, Montana, just one hour north of the Missoula International Airport. The college is surrounded by mountains to the east, south, and west. To the north of the college is Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River. Between classes you can enjoy golf, boating, fishing, rafting, hiking, camping, horseback riding, art, or historical culture. Temperatures average in the mid to upper 70's during the month of June in Pablo.
Students are responsible for their own housing. Salish Kootenai College provides an Off Campus Housing List that is updated weekly (http://housing.skc.edu/?q=node/14). The College has a limited number of dorm rooms available. The cost is $35 per day with a $35 cleaning fee. Dorm contact information and applications can be found at http://housing.skc.edu/?q=node/11. Additionally, vacation home listings can be found at the Flathead Convention & Visitor Bureau website (www.fcvb.org) and at the following websites:
We will be happy to connect students wishing to share housing.
Individuals wishing to attend one or more courses offered as part of the Summer in Montana program should download and complete this application. Please return the completed application (PDF) to
The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
PO Box 210176
Tucson, AZ 85721