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Monte Mills

Assistant Professor & Co-Director, Margery Hunter Brown Indian Law Clinic


Personal Summary

Monte Mills is an Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Margery Hunter Brown Indian Law Clinic at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana. He teaches a variety of Indian law courses and works with clinical students on a range of legal matters in the Indian Law Clinic. Prior to joining the faculty at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana, Monte was the Director of the Legal Department for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe in Colorado, an in-house counsel department that he helped organize and implement in 2005 following completion of a unique two-year in-house attorney training program. As Director of the Tribe's Legal Department, Monte represented and counseled the Tribe on a broad array of issues, including litigation in tribal, state and federal courts, legislative matters before the Colorado General Assembly and the United States Congress, and internal tribal matters such as contracting, code-drafting, and gaming issues.


J.D., University of Colorado (2003)

B.A., Lewis & Clark College (1999)

Courses Taught

Indigenous Cultural Preservation (summer program 2015) [syllabus]

American Indian Natural Resources Law (Fall 2015/Spring 2017) [syllabus]

Economic Development in Indian Country (Spring 2016) [syllabus]

Sovereignty, Self-Determination, and Economic Development in Montana (Field Trip - Spring Break 2016) [syllabus and schedule]

Energy in Indian Country (summer program 2016) [syllabus]

Federal Indian Law (Fall 2016) [syllabus]

Employment Law (Fall 2017) [syllabus]

Tribal State Relations (Wintersession 2018) [syllabus]


Member, Federal Bar Association, American Bar Association

Member, State bars of Montana and Colorado, Federal bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit, Tenth Circuit, and the District of Colorado, Tribal bar of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe (inactive)

Professional Experience

Director, Legal Department, Southern Ute Indian Tribe (2005-2015)

Associate/In-House Attorney Trainee, Maynes, Bradford, Shipps & Sheftel, Durango, Colorado (2003-2005)

Research Assistant, Professor Charles F. Wilkinson (2001-2003)

Honors / Awards

Margery Hunter Brown Faculty Merit Award (2016)