American Indian Law

This is a law & economics offering, dealing from an economic and historical perspective with legal distinctions uniquely applicable to American Indians, and to non-Indians while within reservation boundaries. Reservations governments enjoy a degree of sovereignty roughly comparable to that of state governments. Yet many reservations have populations comparable to those of towns or counties; the largest reservation population (the Navajo) is much less than that of the least populous state (Wyoming). Those size/sovereignty differences have legal ramifications with significant impact on the rate and level of development of reservation economies. Discussion will focus on those impacts while considering the fundamental nature of sovereign power, treaty rights, land claims, the applicability of corporate models to Indian tribes, the legal underpinnings of the concept of jurisdiction, the power of individual states when the federal government fails to exercise its plenary powers explicitly, and the ability of a sovereign to contract with respect to its power to tax. Evaluation: Research Paper, two hour final examination

Catalog Number: CONPUB 633
Practice Areas: Comparative Law Practice AreaConstitutional Law & ProcedureLaw and Social Science
Additional Course Information: 1 Draft degree req may be met with class

Course History

Spring 2014
Title: American Indian Law
Faculty: Haddock, David D. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 4

Fall 2011
Title: American Indian Law
Faculty: Haddock, David D. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Seminar     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 7