Courses

LAW 631I | 1 credit

Cheryl Ellenwood & Danielle Hiraldo    

Jan 16th - Jan 18th, 2020. 1:30pm - 5:50pm.


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

Danielle Hiraldo
520-626-0664

LAW 631S | 1 credit

Jan 20th - Jan 22nd, 2020. 1:30pm - 5:50pm.

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

Tory Fodder
520-626-3093

631U | 1 credit

Jan 9th - Jan 11th, 2020. 8:00am - 12:20pm.


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
520-626-0664

LAW 631D | 1 credits

Joseph Kalt & Stephen Cornell 

Jan 16th - Jan 18th, 2020. 8am - 12:20pm (Section 2)


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 

Jan 20th - Jan 22nd, 2020. 8:00am - 12: 20pm


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. June 22, 2020

Event Contacts

LAW 631J | 1 credit

Stephen Cornell & Miriam Jorgensen

Jan 23rd - Jan 25th, 2020. 8:00am - 12:20pm


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 

Jan 6th - Jan 8th, 2020. 8am-12:20pm (Section 1)


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

LAW 579A | 1 credit

Seanna Howard

Jan 23rd - Jan 25th, 2020. 1:30pm - 5:50pm


Indigenous peoples and tribal governments are increasingly turning to international law and the international human rights system as a means of protecting their lands and property. This course focuses on the critical role that international law—including international bodies such as the United Nations and the Organization of American States, etc.—play in protecting Indigenous peoples’ rights to property, self-determination, cultural integrity, life, etc. This course also examines how international law precedents can be used when arguing for Indigenous rights and tribal self-governance at the domestic level. 

KEY QUESTIONS:
  • How can the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples be used to advance Indigenous governance and rights at home? 
  • How can international law mechanisms be used to address Indigenous peoples’ desire to protect lands, property, and culture? 
  • How can the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights be utilized within contexts of disputes over lands and natural resources?

When

1:30 p.m. Jan. 23, 2020 to 5:50 p.m. Jan. 25, 2020

Event Contacts

LAW 631P | 1 credit

Stephanie Russo Carroll & Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear 

Jan 6th - Jan 8th, 2020. 1:30pm - 5:50pm.


The demand for Indigenous data is increasing in Indian Country as tribes engage in economic, social, and cultural development on a rapid scale. Additionally, tribes seek methods to protect their cultural and proprietary information. This course will examine the role of Indigenous data as an exercise of sovereignty in Indigenous governance and self-determination. It will dually explore data collected internally by tribes and Native communities, and information collected by external sources.

The course draws from best practices in Indian Country and across international Indigenous communities. With a focus on both scholarship and tangible data practice, students will receive hands-on training facilitating the pragmatic use of Indigenous data to build strong evidence bases for tribal governments, nations and communities.

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Understand what terms such as “Indigenous data sovereignty” and “data governance” mean, and recognize the implications of such terms—both for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, communities, nations, and institutions;
  • Describe how Indigenous data sovereignty and data governance link to nation rebuilding; and
  • Realize how data that Indigenous peoples and nations collect, analyze, and use may be different from mainstream data and the importance of leveraging existing data to support Indigenous aspirations for collective well-being.

When

1:30 p.m. Jan. 6, 2020 to 5:50 p.m. Jan. 8, 2020

Event Contacts

Stephanie Russo Carroll

LAW 631K | 1 credit

Miriam Jorgensen & Jonathan Taylor

Jan 9th - Jan 11th, 2020. 1:30pm - 5:50pm.


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

1:30 p.m. Jan. 9, 2020 to 5:50 p.m. Jan. 11, 2020

Event Contacts

Miriam Jorgensen
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