Rebuilding Native Nations: An Introduction (online only)

This course is foundational to Native nation building & recommended for ALL JIT participants

LAW 631D | 1 credit

Stephen Cornell, Joan Timeche, Miriam Jorgensen & Danielle Hiraldo

Course access begins December 20th, 2021 and ends January 11th, 2022.

PLEASE NOTE: This course is a NEW offering for JIT 2022! The course content is the same, but will be delivered via our NEW Rebuilding Native Nations Online Course, an autonomous course featuring instructional videos, tribal leader interviews, and learning activities. The JIT 2022 course features additional assignments and multiple live Q&A sessions with faculty between January 3rd- January 11th.

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. 

  • 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? 


8 a.m. Dec. 20, 2021 to 5:50 p.m. Jan. 11, 2022


Online via UArizona's D2L and Zoom

Event Contacts

Stephen Cornell