Stanford Law Panel on Tribal Constitutions — This Saturday

If you’re in Palo Alto, check it out. From the Shaking the Foundations conference website (thanks to Tom Pack):

Date, Time and Location

October 16, 2:15-3:45 PM (Room 280B)

Panel Description

Several major U.S. Tribes are considering the adoption of new tribal constitutions while many more are unhappy with their 1930s-era Indian Reorganization Act tribal constitutions. These largely cookie-cutter constitutions were often coercively adopted and have resulted in varying degrees of success and failure. This panel will explore how tribes can take advantage of the process of developing tribal constitutions to advance tribal sovereignty, to enhance self-determination, and to improve cultural connections between tribal governments and tribal citizens. Best practices in constitution- making, pitfalls to be avoided, and the limits of the tribal constitution as a tool will also be discussed.


  • Carole Goldberg (Panel Moderator), Jonathan D. Varat Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
  • Duane Champagne, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Angela Riley, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law