Federal Indian Law I



SLN #: 72544
Course Prefix: LAW-632
Course Section: 001
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor(s): Clinton

Course Description:
Federal Indian Law I surveys the political and legal relationship of Native Nations to the United States. The course provides a historical examination of the treaties and other instruments used to negotiate a political relationship between these separate governments and delves into a comprehensive examination of the legal relationship that developed between American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian peoples and the United States government. Primarily the course covers the federal Indian law imposed on Indian country (which constitutes 27% of the Arizona land area). It is not a course in tribal law. The emphasis of this course is on understanding the historical foundations for and the contemporary legal and political relationship between Native Nations, the United States government, and the various state governments. Thus, primary attention is devoted to jurisdictional issues, including the framework for determining civil regulatory and taxing authority, and civil and criminal adjudicatory authority in Indian Country. Federal Indian Law I also constitutes a prerequisite for some of the advanced Indian law courses.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 3
Grading Option: Letter Grade Only
Graduation Writing Requirement: Yes, With Instructor's Approval*
Flexible Writing Requirement: Yes, With Instructor's Approval*
Skills Requirement: No
Note: Only one of the above listed requirements can be fulfilled with this course.
Final Exam Given: Yes
Final Exam Type: Take-Home
Participation Points: Yes -- See Syllabus
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Online Course Site: Blackboard