Fall 2020 Course Schedule

American Indian Law (LAW-641-001)
Ezra Rosser

Meets: 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM (MW)

Enrolled: 18 / Limit: 45

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This course explores the principles, doctrines, and history underlying the legal relationship between the United States and Indian tribes; the powers of tribal governments; economic development in Indian country; the role of tribal custom in tribal law; the relevance of developing international indigenous law to Indian nations; and introduces some of the ongoing debates in Indian legal scholarship.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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David H. Getches, Charles F. Wilkinson, Robert A. Williams, Jr., Matthew L.M. Fletcher & Kristen Carpenter, Federal Indian Law: Cases and Materials (7th ed. 2016/2017). NOTE some places list this as a 2016 book and some as a 2017 book, what matters is that it is the 7th ed.)

First Class Readings

FOR THE FIRST CLASS: I. Introduction p1-43 (skim 1-31, read closely 31-43) Introduction to tribes and different perspectives on Indian law. FOR THE SECOND CLASS: II. Doctrine of Discovery p45-84 Historical influences on Indian law and Johnson v. McIntosh.


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