State-Tribal Relations

State-Tribal Relations

Course Description

Tribal, state, and local governments have characteristically acted as if they were in parallel universes whose fates were determined by the gods in Washington. In fact their affairs are intertwined economically, socially, environmentally, and politically, and their fates are largely determined by the behavior of these local governments and the management of their intergovernmental relationship. This course will deal with the inescapable tribal-state relationship, first as a broad set of policy issues and then in a series of substantive areas such as environment, human services and the ever-popular gaming. As the past few years should have demonstrated, this course is NOT just for people with an interest in federal Indian law; it is for anyone who intends to practice in the State of New Mexico and do it right.