Courses

LAW 631K | 1 credit

Miriam Jorgensen & Jonathan Taylor

MAY 7th-9th, 2020 | 8am -  12:20pm


Supported by three decades of research, Indigenous self-determination and tribal self-governance have proven to be the most effective policies when it comes to addressing economic disparities affecting Indigenous communities and empowering tribal governments to exercise real control over their cultures, lives, and societies.

KEY QUESTIONS:
  • What specific data support the core principles of Indigenous nation building (self-determination, effective and legitimate governing institutions, strategic orientation, and public-spirited leadership)?  
  • What is the basis of the argument that Indigenous self-determination and self-government are the most effective nation rebuilding policies?  
  • How can course participants contextualize the Indigenous research findings for their own communities?

When

8 a.m. May 7, 2020 to 12:20 p.m. May 9, 2020

Where

Law 656B | 1 credit

Stephen Cornell

MAY 7th-9th, 2020 | 1:30pm - 5:50pm


Across the globe, Indigenous peoples are engaged in the work of Indigenous governance regardless of whether they use that term or not. This course will examine different systems of Indigenous governance with an emphasis on Indigenous peoples living in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. 

While these four countries share certain features, like English legal and political heritages, they also differ in important ways. Those differences have affected the patterns, and outcomes of Indigenous self-determination and self-government efforts. Three questions form the subject matter of this course:

  • What are the commonalities/differences among these four countries and their impacts on Indigenous assertions of self-governing power? 
  • How and why do the patterns of Indigenous self-government vary across these four countries? 
  • What, if anything, might Indigenous peoples learn from each other across these countries as they assert and implement rights of self-government?

When

1:30 p.m. May 7, 2020 to 5:50 p.m. May 9, 2020

Where

LAW 631M | 1 credit

May qualify for up to 12 hours of CLE credit for State Bar of Arizona members*

Robert A. Williams, Jr.

MAY 11th-13th, 2020 | 8 am - 12:20 pm


The course will investigate the role that law plays in the lives of Indigenous peoples and in their on-going efforts to secure their rights of equality, tribal self-governance, and self-determination. The course draws from comparative sources with a focus on how law can be used pragmatically by Indigenous leaders, communities, their partners and advocates to effect meaningful change.

KEY QUESTIONS:
  • How does law function to perpetuate a history of assimilation and racism within governmental institutions around the world? 
  • How can Indigenous peoples use law to secure rights and exercise tribal self-governance? 
  • What role can legal institutions play in the processes of Indigenous nation building?

*Registration in this course may qualify for up to 12 hours of CLE credit for State Bar of Arizona members, including 0 hour(s) of professional responsibility. The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. Contact the State Bar of Arizona for more details. For details on CLE eligibility outside of Arizona, please contact your State Bar Association.

When

8 a.m. May 11, 2020 to 12:20 p.m. May 13, 2020

Where

LAW 631I | 1 credit

Cheryl Ellenwood & Danielle Hiraldo    

3 days in January 2021: course dates coming soon!


This course examines Indigenous organizations and Indigenous organizational concepts through the lens of Native Nation building. It seeks to discuss the role of community-based organizations (Indigenous-led and Indigenous-serving) as key stakeholders in the nation building process. We will introduce a regional, national, and global perspective to Indigenous organizations (via networks and intermediaries) as socio-political actors within Indigenous communities that effectuate change. Students will walk away with a framework for assessing social and institutional environments that acknowledges the value of Indigenous organizations and community building.

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Understand how organizations in Indigenous communities work to solve community challenges.
  • Examine the ways Indigenous organizations work to maintain healthy communities and their role within the Native Nation building framework.
  • Analyze the benefits and challenges of Indigenous community-based organizations.
  • Understand the distinction between organizational outputs and outcomes, i.e. social impact.

When

1:30 p.m. Jan. 16, 2020 to 5:50 p.m. Jan. 18, 2020

Event Contacts

LAW 631S | 1 credit

 
3 days in January 2021: course dates coming soon!

The relationship between Indigenous peoples and the environment is one of the most discussed and controversial areas of law and policy affecting Indigenous peoples. From conflicts over jurisdiction to misconceptions about tribal values, the relationship between Indigenous peoples and the environment is even further complicated by competing demands for resources and disparate notions about the governance of Indigenous resources. The course will review some of the key laws, policies, and legal principles that govern the administration of Indigenous natural resources. We will also consider examples from jurisdictions abroad, including, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. 

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Better understand jurisdictional conflicts over natural resources;
  • Assess the history of colonization and its legacy in affecting the ability of Indigenous peoples to maintain relationship with the land and resources
  • Observe the extent to which legal principles and doctrines influence and fail to influence the courts in considering environmental issues affecting Indigenous peoples

When

1:30 p.m. Jan. 20, 2020 to 5:50 p.m. Jan. 22, 2020

Event Contacts

631U | 1 credit

 
3 days in January 2021: course dates coming soon!

Tribal research review processes challenge approaches to research that prioritize non-Indigenous methods and values, and allow non-Indigenous researchers to claim expert status over Indigenous Peoples, places, and knowledges. This course explores codes, guidelines, policies, and processes at tribes, other governments, and institutions that govern and steward research with Indigenous Peoples, nations, and communities; the infrastructure, capacity, and capability required at these governments and institutions to support tribal sovereignty; and implications for other entities such as funders and publishers.

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the different types of review processes that steward research with Indigenous nations, communities, lands, and peoples;
  • Describe the relationship between research governance and sovereignty;
  • Realize how Indigenous research governance may be different from mainstream research review processes.

When

8 a.m. Jan. 9, 2020 to 12:20 p.m. Jan. 11, 2020

Event Contacts

Stephanie Russo Carroll

LAW 631D | 1 credits

Joseph Kalt & Stephen Cornell 

3 days in January 2021: course dates coming soon!


This course examines the development challenges faced by contemporary Native nations. Utilizing numerous case studies and extensive research on what is working and what is not working to promote the social, political, cultural and economic strengthening of American Indian nations, the course emphasizes themes applicable to community development and nation rebuilding worldwide. Historical and relevant federal Indian policy and case law are used as background material, but the course emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of the “nation building revolution” underway in Indian Country. Additional emphasis is placed on how tribal initiatives can conflict with federal case law, state jurisdiction, and federal policies and politics. 

KEY QUESTIONS:
  • What is working, and what is not working, to promote the social, political, cultural and economic strengthening of Native nations and Indigenous governance?  
  • While the primary focus of the course is on the American Indian experience, what principles of nation building are applicable to Indigenous peoples worldwide? 
  • In what ways have American Indian policy and case law promoted and impeded tribal self-governance? 
  • What conflicts between federal, state, and local governments can arise from tribal assertions of self-governance? 

When

8 a.m. Jan. 16, 2020 to 12:20 p.m. Jan. 18, 2020

Event Contacts

Stephen Cornell

LAW525 | 1 credit

Miriam Jorgensen & Joan Timeche 

3 days in January 2021: course dates coming soon!


As Indigenous Peoples enter the 21st century, economic development stands out as a critical challenge for the maintenance of their communities, identities, and status as sovereigns. This course examines the Indigenous governance issues surrounding economic development as a tool for helping Indigenous Peoples achieve their nation-building and tribal self-governance goals on their own terms. The course will address a broad range of questions including:  

  • How can Indigenous entrepreneurship, public finance, and nation-owned enterprises facilitate nation building and help assert practical sovereignty? 
  • What impacts might tribal constitutional reform have upon development of an Indigenous nation’s legal infrastructure, education, social welfare, and cultural preservation? 
  • What procurement issues impact Indigenous nations’ securitization of resources? 

When

8 a.m. Jan. 20, 2020 to 12:20 p.m. Jan. 22, 2020

Event Contacts

LAW 631J | 1 credit

Stephen Cornell & Miriam Jorgensen

3 days in January 2021: course dates coming soon!


Although the need for change is often great within Indigenous communities – particularly in places where Indigenous rights and Indigenous governance are not yet fully respected – it is not always clear how real change can come about. This course explores ways to assess and prioritize Indigenous community needs with respect to nation building and uses case studies to explore how tribal governments work within legal constraints to serve their communities and assert their rights. 

KEY QUESTIONS:

  • How might Indigenous nations assess and prioritize their community’s nation-building needs? 
  • How do tribes work within non-Indigenous legal constraints to serve their communities and assert their rights? 
  • How can Indigenous communities make “real change” happen? 

When

8 a.m. Jan. 23, 2020 to 12:20 p.m. Jan. 25, 2020

Event Contacts

Miriam Jorgensen

LAW 631D | 1 credit

Joseph Kalt & Stephen Cornell 

3 days in January 2021: course dates coming soon!


This course examines the development challenges faced by contemporary Native nations. Utilizing numerous case studies and extensive research on what is working and what is not working to promote the social, political, cultural and economic strengthening of American Indian nations, the course emphasizes themes applicable to community development and nation rebuilding worldwide. Historical and relevant federal Indian policy and case law are used as background material, but the course emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of the “nation building revolution” underway in Indian Country. Additional emphasis is placed on how tribal initiatives can conflict with federal case law, state jurisdiction, and federal policies and politics. 

KEY QUESTIONS:
  • What is working, and what is not working, to promote the social, political, cultural and economic strengthening of Native nations and Indigenous governance?  
  • While the primary focus of the course is on the American Indian experience, what principles of nation building are applicable to Indigenous peoples worldwide? 
  • In what ways have American Indian policy and case law promoted and impeded tribal self-governance? 
  • What conflicts between federal, state, and local governments can arise from tribal assertions of self-governance? 

When

8 a.m. Jan. 6, 2020 to 12:20 p.m. Jan. 8, 2020

Event Contacts

Stephen Cornell
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