Native American Law
The Native Law Program at the University of Idaho College of Law is focused on providing law students with a foundation in the interrelationship between Tribal Law, Federal Indian Law, and the intersection of State Law. The overview course, “Native American Law” provides a broad view of the field that offers law students an introduction into the foundations of Tribal civil jurisdiction, criminal jurisdiction, sovereignty, and natural resource management. This course offers a broad range of topics in Federal Indian law including the foundational cases, federal pre-emption of Indian affairs over state interests, federal delegation of authority to states, and the federal trust doctrine; and the basics of state law impacting Tribes, such as P.L. 280 jurisdiction in Indian country. On a rotating basis, the courses “Native American Natural Resources Law” and “Tribal Nation Economics & Law” are offered.
The University of Idaho College of Law offers a one-of-kind Native Law program to its students. Students are encouraged to participate in the College of Law’s annual Native American law conference. This conference as well as other events provide students with the opportunity to learn from and interact directly with native law practitioners. Practitioners also frequently guest lecture in the Native Law courses. Students complete skills training in a Tribal Court CASA program as well as the National Native American Law Students Association moot court competition. These skills are then solidified through the service of externships with tribal nations, tribal courts, public interest organizations, and state and federal agencies.
Tribal leaders, lawyers praise high court ruling, Lewiston Tribune interview with Professor Dylan Hedden-Nicely
Inland Northwest tribal leaders, lawyers praise key Supreme Court decision on tribal sovereignty, Spokesman Review quoting Professor Dylan Hedden-Nicely
- University of Idaho Expands Native Offerings, Indian Country Today, By Jack McNeel