List of Publications

The Research and Publications Division of the Native Nations Law & Policy Center:

  • Secures grants and carries out research;
  • Publishes Native and other scholars/professionals;
  • Sponsors conferences and roundtables drawing together scholars, tribal leaders, and federal/state policy-makers;
  • Provides support to tribal grant proposals and evaluation of tribal institutions;
  • Develops curricula for tribal colleges (including curricula tailored to specific tribal histories, laws);
  • Develops curricula for tribal professional training; and
  • Serves as a "think-tank" on policy issues relevant to Indian country, prepared to supply Op Ed and other commentaries in mainstream and tribal media.

Illustrative Projects Include:

2009 Update of Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law

Professor Carole Goldberg (front row, left), Professor Joseph Singer (Harvard), Dean Nell Newton (Connecticut), Professor Judith Royster (Tulsa), Bob Anderson (University of Washington), Rennard Strickland (Oregon), and John Lavelle (New Mexico).Professor Carole Goldberg is one of seven law faculty from across the country are serving as editors and authors for the 2009 Update of Felix S. Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law. Professor Goldberg served in the same capacity for the 1982 edition of this highly influential treatise, which has been cited in hundreds of federal, tribal, and state court decisions in the field. UCLA School of Law, through the support of the Dean’s Office, has hosted three separate meetings of the Handbook editors to facilitate production of the new volume.

Report for the Advisory Council on California Indian Policy

In 1996, Professors Duane Champagne and Carole Goldberg produced a widely cited report for the Advisory Council on California Indian Policy, entitled " A Second Century of Dishonor: Federal Inequities and California Tribes." This report provides facts, figures, and analysis documenting the ways in which California's Native nations have been disadvantaged with respect to federal support and funding, as compared with Native nations in other parts of the United States. Education, health care, welfare, law enforcement, tribal court development, and other aspects of tribal government support are addressed.

Nation-wide Study of Law Enforcement under Public Law 280 Published

Final Report: Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Under Public Law 280

Professors Carole Goldberg and Duane Champagne were co-principal investigators for a research grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct the first nationwide study of law enforcement under Public Law 280. This two-year, $300,000 grant collected crime and victimization data, and carried out more than 300 intensive interviews with law enforcement officers, tribal officials, criminal justice personnel, and tribal members at 16 different reservation sites in Public Law 280 and non-Public Law 280 states. This report analyzes positive and negative aspects of state criminal jurisdiction in Indian country, and recommends strategies for improving law enforcement for reservations currently subject to Public Law 280. 

Op-eds on Tribal Sovereignty Issues in California

Professor Carole Goldberg has published commentaries in both the Los Angeles Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune addressing conflicts between the state of California and Native nations in the state over such matters as gaming, workers compensation, and tribal sovereign immunity.

Feature on Illegal Dumping on Indian Lands for the UCLA Institute of the Environment's 2004 Environmental Report Card

Each year UCLA's Institute of the Environment publishes an Environmental Report Card which grades southern California's effectiveness in addressing particular aspects of environmental pollution. For the 2004 Report Card, Professor Carole Goldberg has produced an analysis of illegal dumping of solid waste on Indian lands, demonstrating that gaps and uncertainties in the law contribute significantly to this serious problem. She suggests that a combination of greater cooperation between tribal and state/local governments, increased federal support for tribal enforcement agencies, and legislative change, will be necessary ameliorate the problem. Click HERE to see the Environmental Report Card.

Public Law 280 Trainings

Professor Goldberg provides comprehensive, one-day training sessions to tribal and county law enforcement and criminal justice personnel, as well as to tribal staff, regarding Public Law 280. These presentations have been made to the Hoopa Valley Tribe, the Sycuan Tribe, and the Pit River Tribal-Community Task Force, among other tribal groups. Topics covered included concurrent (shared) tribal and county law enforcement authority, enforcement of court orders, jurisdiction over child welfare matters, and subject areas where Public Law 280 does not give authority to state or county governments. Click HERE to see the Powerpoint slides for the Pit River presentation.