Tribes, Land and the Environment

Friday, February 25, 2011
9:00 AM - 05:00 PM
American University Washington College of Law, 6th Floor Student Lounges
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC


Native American tribes have a far more complex relationship with the environment than is captured by the stereotype of Indians as environmental stewards. Meaningful tribal sovereignty requires non-Indians to recognize the right of Indians to determine their own relationship to the land and the environment. But tribes do not exist in a vacuum, they are deeply affected by off-reservation activities and similarly tribal choices often impact neighboring communities. Only by both acknowledging the value Indians place in land and simultaneously escaping the limitations inherent in such stereotypes can the complexities and challenges of Indian environmental issues be understood. Rather than getting lost in theoretical discussions of what is sovereignty and how do tribes think about the environment, this conference focuses on new insights that can be gleaned from a focus on tribal land and property law.

The conference organizers thank Ashgate Publishers for agreeing to publish the papers that comes out of the conference in a book co-edited by Sarah Krakoff and Ezra Rosser.

More information can be found at

WCL Alumni, AU & WCL Students, Faculty & Staff – no charge
General Public - No Charge
(registration is required)

( 6 Credit hours) will be applied for as requested to different states.
CLE Accreditation - - $ 75.00


For further information, please contact:
Office of Special Events & Continuing Legal Education
American University Washington College of Law
Phone: 202.274.4075; Fax: 202.274.4079; or

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