Course - Law
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This course will examine several themes: conflicts over which government has sovereign control over which resources; the role that tribal governments play in natural resource allocation and management; questions relating to ownership of natural resources; changing federal policies relating to natural resources allocation; the role of federal courts, Congress and Executive branches in relation to the trust responsibilities to protect tribal lands and resources; environmental protection, including EPA policy in relation to Indian Reservations; and natural resources development and management.  Where pertinent, a comparative perspecive based on Federal Indian Law and International Law principles will also be provided in order to further explore issues of sovereignty, self-determination, land and natural resource rights.

The required text is Native American Natural Resources Law: Cases and Materials by Judith Royster and Michael C. Blumm.  As well as other materials that would be posted on Student Forums.

Course Format  
Written Assignments  
Type of Exam


Basis for grading

Participation and discussion - 10% and take-home exam - 90%.

Additional Comments
All students are required to attend class regularly, to do the reading before class, and to participate actively. This includes a degree of analytical development regarding issues raised by the reading and not merely a descriptive summary.
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