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American Indian Natural Resources Law

Elective Course

2 credits Credit(s)
LAW 619

American Indian Natural Resources is a growing, dynamic, exciting area of the law, involving important resources. The field includes transcendent issues, such as compensation for or restoration of lost resources, as well as pragmatic concerns, such as the ability to site or maintain major facilities, the allocation of water supplies and pollution control. The course begins with a brief introduction to federal Indian law. Students will then examine the unique contours of natural resource matters that arise in Indian country, specifically focusing on: land, environmental protection, natural resource development, water rights and usufructuary rights, including hunting, fishing and gathering. Upon the successful completion of the course, students should have a good understanding of the basic principles of federal Indian law and how the development of natural resources in Indian country may trigger different legal responses than would otherwise be triggered elsewhere.

The course will be taught using a seminar format. A student’s final grade will be based on in-class participation and a research paper. Students may complete the advanced writing requirement through this course.