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American Indian Studies Program

Debra L. Donahue

Professor of Law
Juris Doctorate
• 307-766-2191 • Law Bldg 204

Deb Donahue teaches the American Indian Studies course, Federal Indian Law.  She has been on the College of Law faculty since 1992, where she teaches Public Land Law, Environmental Law & Policy, Indian Law, and Native American Natural Resources Law.

Professor Donahue spent 2002 in New Zealand, as a visiting lecturer/researcher at the University of Auckland School of Law in Auckland and the University of Canterbury School of Forestry in Christchurch. While in New Zealand, she consulted with law professors, ecologists, NGO administrators, and Maori iwi (tribal) officials on conservation issues.

Her work on public land grazing policy has been featured in numerous local, regional, and national news media. In 2000 she was named the Wyoming Wildlife Federation's Resource Conservationist of the Year.

Selected publications:

Trampling the Public Trust, Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review 37 (2010): 257-316.
Winslow Friday's Eagle, WyoFile (June 16, 2008).
Elephant in the Room: Livestock's Role in Climate and Environmental Change, 17 Mich. St. J. Int'l L. 95 (2008).
Education and Cooperative Management of Tribal Natural Resources, 42 Tulsa L. Rev. 5 (2006).
A Call for Native American Natural Resources in the Law School Curriculum, 24 J. Land Resources & Envtl. L. 211 (2004).
The Law and Practice Of Open Space Covenants, 7 New Zealand J. Envtl. L. 119 (2003).
Conservation and the Treaty: DoC's Proposed Eradication of Kiore from Little Barrier Island, feature article in ARLAN (Animal Rights Legal Advocates Network newsletter), New Zealand (July 2002).

Books and Contributions to Books:
Agriculture and Forestry Impacts.  Chapter 11 in The Law of Adaptation to Climate Change" U.S. and International Aspects (ABA, in press).
The Western Range Revisited: Removing Livestock from Public Lands to Conserve Native Biodiversity (University of Oklahoma Press 1999).

Recent interviews:
Native American Intermarriage Puts Benefits at Risk, by Tristan Ahtone, National Public Radio, Mar. 31, 2011.

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