Contemporary Issues in Tribal Economic Development



SLN #: 17810
Course Prefix: LAW-691
Course Section: D01
Credit Hours: 2
Instructor(s): Morgan

Course Description:
Class will meet Monday, March 19 through Friday, March 23.
Monday through Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Administration of the Final Exam will be discussed in class.

The class is limited to 10 students - if there is more student demand, students seeking the Indian Law certificate will receive preference.

This spring break course will be held in Nebraska on the Winnebago reservation at Ho-Chunk, Inc.. Ho-Chunk, Inc. (HCI) is the award-winning economic development corporation owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. Established in 1994 in Winnebago, Nebraska with one employee, HCI has grown to over 1,100 employees with operations in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota, Kansas, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, Washington, D.C., Afghanistan, Mexico and Iraq. HCI operates 18 subsidiaries in a diverse range of industries including information technology, construction, government contracting, professional services, wholesale distribution, office products and technology, logistics, marketing, media and retail.

The class is designed to train students to implement practical political, legal and economic solutions to help Tribe's implement a broad range of economic development activities. It is offered by Lance Morgan, who has combined his legal and business expertise to develop one of the most successful native owned corporations in the country, Ho-Chunk, Inc. Historically Federal Indian Law has had a negative effect on tribal economic development by limiting the tribes in a number of ways. The seminar will focus the economic impediments create by Federal Indian Law. The class seminar will not just describe the problem but give real examples of how tribes have actually overcome such legal impediments to create successful businesses and bypass some of the legal restrictions. Additionally, the seminar will also focus on having the students understand Federal Indian Law is restrictive in nature and that if they are going to be successful lawyers that they will have to use Federal Indian Law as a starting point, not an endpoint.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 2
Grading Option: Letter Grade Only
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: No
Limited Enrollment Number: 10
Final Exam Given: Yes
Final Exam Type: Take-Home
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Online Course Site: None