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Instructors come from across the country to teach week-long courses for the Program. Click on the instructor's name below to read a short bio.

2013 Instructors

Andrew King-Ries, Domestic Violence in Indian Country & Tribal Criminal law and Procedure

Prof. Andrew King-Ries has taught Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Justice, Law & Literature, White Collar Crime, Evidence and Constitutional law.  He was a speechwriter for the Secretary of Education, Lauro Cavazos; a clerk of the United States Court of Appeals of the Eight Circuit; and for eight years was a prosecutor for the King County Prosecutor’s Office in Seattle Washington, specializing in domestic violence cases. 

Daniel Belcourt, Energy Development Within Indian Country

Daniel Belcourt is owner of Belcourt Law, P.C., a law firm that specializes in Indian law.  Prior to opening his own law firm in 2006, Mr. Belcourt was a partner with the law firm of Smith, Doherty & Belcourt and in-house counsel to his tribe, the Chippewa Cree tribe of the Rocky Boy reservation from 1994-2002.  Mr. Belcourt has a broad array of experience in all aspects of tribal government representation.  He has represented tribal governments in matters before the U.S. Congress, state legislatures, federal agencies, and in litigation before federal, state and tribal forums. While obtaining his masters of law in environmental and natural resource law, he also served as Attorney General to the Colorado River Indian Tribe in 1998. 

Maylinn Smith, Indian Child Welfare Act

Professor Maylinn Smith has been Clinical Supervisor and Director of the Indian Law Clinic since 1994.  She had taught Federal Indian Law, Advanced Problems in Federal Indian Law, Federal Courts, Tribal Courts/Tribal Law, Fundamental Lawyering, Tribal Criminal Law and Procedure, and the Indian Child Welfare Act.  Professor Smith served as Chief Judge of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, as an Appellate Judge for the Southwest intertribal Court of Appeals, as the Chief Appellate Judge for the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes and as legal counsel for the Salish and Kootenai Tribal Court.

John Carter, Indian Water Law

John Carter has represented the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation for thirty years, primarily in the field of water law, natural resource protection and development and on treaty issues.  His practice involves extensive litigation in these areas and work with the Montana Legislature and U.S. Congress.  Mr. Carter practices in the trial and appellate courts of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the State of Montana and the Federal Courts

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