Native American Natural Resources Law
Course Number: 6735
Professor: Debra L. Donahue
Credit Hours & Type of Credit: 3
Semester Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: Students must have completed their first year of law school.
Recommended Courses: Indian Law
Course Overview: This course will examine federal and tribal law (chiefly federal statutes, regulations, judicial decisions, and treaties) governing environmental regulation and use and management of tribal land, water, minerals, timber, fish/wildlife, and cultural resources. Principal issues relate to jurisdiction, federal trust doctrine, aboriginal title, reserved rights, allotment, and the tribes-as-states doctrine.
Course Materials: See the current Book List located under Courses and Curriculum.
Course Format: Discussion/Lecture
Written Assignments: Optional research paper
Type of Exam: Open-book, 3 -hour final exam consisting of multiple-choice/short-answer and essay questions.
Basis for Grading Student Performance: Grades will be based on (1) class participation (20%), and (2) final exam or a research paper (80%). Class participation will be evaluated on the basis of attendance and contributions to the classroom learning experience. Acceptable papers will satisfy the College's advanced writing requirement.