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Native American Law Research Guide

Native American Law Course at USD Law

Native American Law (previously titled American Indian Law) (LWPP557)
Spring 2023
3 credits, Letter Graded
Instructor: Vanessa Racehorse, CalNAGPRA Attorney and former Deputy Attorney General for the Colorado River Indian Tribes

This course provides an overview of Native American law and the legal and political history that has shaped this area of law. Students will gain an understanding of the foundational cases and federal statutes that form the basic tenets of federal Indian law. This course also explores a broad range of topics, including tribal sovereignty, treaty rights, civil rights, economic development, resource rights, civil and criminal jurisdiction, and the relationship between tribal governments, the federal government, and state governments.

The course will be graded by a final paper on a topic of the student’s choosing completed under the professor’s guidance after submission of a first draft.

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