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2013 Program Schedule

Credit is offered from a variety of academic departments, including Law (LAW), Native American Studies (NAS). Additional departments may offer credit; please check back often. Students may earn academic credits (in only one department per course) or CLEs.

Each course is listed with its corresponding Course Request Number (CRN), which is used to register for the course.

Tribal Criminal Law & Procedure June 10 - June 14 LAW 595; NAS 595


This course provides information about crime and criminal jurisdiction in Indian Country.  Topics include an overview of the laws affecting criminal jurisdiction, some of the unique criminal problems affecting Indian Country, traditional methods of resolving unacceptable behavioral problems within tribal communities, and the evolution of current responses to crime within Indian Country.   Following completion of the course, students should have a basic understanding of the foundational principlesrelating to crime and law enforcement in Indian Country. 

Instructor: Andrew King-Ries, University of Montana, School of Law

Domestic Violence in Indian Country June 17 - June 21 LAW 595, NAS 595


This course looks at the dynamics of domestic violence within Indian Country, the jurisdictional challenges associated with addressing this issue, the various federal and tribal law applicable to domestic violence situations, and what tools are being used in response to domestic violence within Indian Country.   Following completion of the course, students should have a basic understanding of the foundational principles relating domestic violence and the jurisdictional factors that impact effective enforcement of domestic violence laws within Indian Country. 

instructor: Andrew King-Ries, University of Montana, School of Law

Energy Development Withing Indian Country June 24 - June 27 LAW 595; NAS 595


This course will focus on energy development within Indian Country and the various federal laws and regulations that impact energy development. Following completion of the course, students should have a basic understanding of the advantages and challenges associated with energy development in Indian Country.

Instructor: Daniel Belcourt, Attorney, Belcourt Law, P.C. (Chippewa-Cree)

Indian Child Welfare Act June 28 - July 3 LAW 691; NAS 595


This course looks at past federal policies that resulted in the removal of Indian Children from their families and led to the enactment of the Indian Child Welfare Act.  The course discusses the legal requirements of the act, various aspects of working with Indian families, potential conflicts between this Act and state or other federal laws and the challenges of achieving compliance with this Act. 

Instructors: Maylinn Smith, University of Montana, School of Law

Indian Water Law July 8 - 12 LAW 595; NAS 595


This course starts with an introduction to state, federal and Indian water law. It then addresses the unique attributes of Indian reserved and aboriginal water rights.  It includes discussions on protection of Indian water rights, state-tribal water disputes and the preemptive role of Congress in Indian Country. 

Instructors: John Carter, Attorney, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes



For additional information or questions about the program, please contact 
Patience Woodill, 406.243.6509, patience.woodill@umontana.edu.
  • School of Extended & Lifelong Learning
  • The University of Montana
  • 32 Campus Drive
  • Missoula, MT  59812
  • Phone: (406) 243-2900
  • Fax: (406) 243-2047
  • Email: sell@umontana.edu