This writing seminar explores the myriad of jurisdictional, regulatory and ownership issues that arise in the tribal natural and cultural resources context. It examines, among other things, the scope of tribal authority to protect and regulate natural resources on reservation, the role of tribes to participate in federal and state actions affecting natural and cultural resources off-reservation, and laws and cases that have developed under this broad area. The themes and topics covered in the seminar will allow a student to delve deeper into a particular area of tribal natural and cultural resources law that is of special interest to the student.
There are two interrelated goals for this course. First, to ensure students write a piece of original scholarship, of publishable quality, on a topic with tribal natural and cultural resources law, and second, to ensure students become familiar with foundational cases and issues in the tribal natural and cultural resources area. Since this is a writing seminar, the primary focus of the course will be students’ papers. Accordingly, I intend to work closely with students on their respective papers and helping students become effective legal writers. I will have some guest speakers to help students with their research and writing, and their presentations will be in the first half of the class.