Constitutions of Indigenous Nations

LAW 631L | 1 credit


8 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., Jan. 12 to 14, 2023

Miriam Jorgensen   Alison Vivian

This course considers the question, “What is a constitution?” and explores different types of Indigenous nation constitutions, important concepts for constitutions to address, and the process for developing one appropriate for each community. 

  • How do constitutions facilitate tribal self-governance? 
  • How can constitutions help shape development of capable governing institutions? 
  • What should Indigenous nations bear in mind when considering tribal constitution reform ? 
  • What are constitutions, and what is their role in the lives of Native nations, and the history of Indigenous constitutional governance?


Miriam Jorgensen