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Fall 2012 - Indian Law, Federal

Torres, Gerald

Unique # 29198 Credit Hours: 3 Course ID: 364G
WTH11:50 am - 1:05 pmTNH 3.127
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This course is restricted to upper division students only.

In Federal Indian Law you will learn about the legal relationship between American Indian nations and the United States, including implications for states and individual citizens.  American Indian tribes have a legal status that is unique, both within our legal system and the rest of the world.  The U.S.  Supreme Court has confirmed the status of tribes as sovereign nations with rights to self-governance, yet it has also acquiesced in the unilateral Congressional abrogation of various aspects of that sovereign status.  The Court has also undertaken extensive federal common law decision-making with regard to the scope of tribal sovereignty.  The resulting complex web of legal relationships affects not just tribes and their members, but non-members and non-Indians as well.  We will attempt to order this doctrinal mare’s nest by approaching the material historically and thematically.

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