This course examines issues legal issues integral to governance that Native American nations face in the 21st century, including those that impact and shape: political sovereignty, economic development, constitutional reform, membership criteria, cultural property protection, sacred sites, religious freedom, and safety and criminal law enforcement, among others. The course emphasizes the breadth of issues that lawyers working with and for Native Nations must confront. The course also will integrate and highlight legal issues unique to Native Nations within the state of California.
Course materials will draw on traditional law review articles, books, and case studies derived from field research to engage students in the multidimensional settings that confront Native societies. The course will coincide with a year-long series of events on the same topic sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center and, where possible, will draw on the expertise of those scholars to provide selected presentations.