Penn State
Lewis Katz Building, University Park, PA
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Native American Law

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Credit Only: N Anon Gr: Y

This course will provide a general overview of the federal policies toward Native Americans from Removal through Self-Determination.  Students will learn about the scope of tribal inherent sovereignty, as well as the legal principles governing tribal assertions of water, hunting, fishing and gathering rights.  And they will get an understanding of how federal, state, and tribal jurisdiction overlap in Indian country and on tribally owned lands.  The course will also cover federal and tribal protections for cultural and religious resources of Native Americans.  Finally, students will be introduced to Indigenous Peoples¿ rights in international law and consider its applicability to tribes in the United States.