New Book by Kaighn Smith on Labor and Employment Law in Indian Country

This is such an exciting book, co-published by the Native American Rights Fund and Drummond Woodsum.

Labor and Employment Law in Indian Country (2011)

by Kaighn Smith, Jr.

Available in January, 2011. 

To pre-order, use the order form below. Books will be shipped in January, 2011. For further information, e-mail Ruth Wentzel at

Drummond Woodsum is pleased to announce the publication of a new book by Kaighn Smith, Jr., published jointly with the firm and the Native American Rights Fund.

Labor and Employment Law in Indian Country provides a comprehensive overview of the law governing labor and employment relations in Indian country. This is a growing, controversial, and complex area of law, implicating fundamental principles of tribal sovereignty at every turn. Current and up-to-date, Labor and Employment Law in Indian Country is a must read for anyone involved in Indian affairs today.

The author, Drummond Woodsum attorney Kaighn Smith, Jr., has represented Indian tribes and tribal enterprises in labor and employment matters for over 15 years. He has assisted tribes in enacting, implementing, and defending some of the first comprehensive labor and employment laws in Indian country. Kaighn and his labor law colleagues at Drummond Woodsum have a nationwide practice, serving tribes in the labor and employment field.

“A tour de force! Labor and Employment Law in Indian Country is so comprehensive-including detailed discussions of the federal civil rights and employment statutes, the different approaches of the various federal circuit courts on many issues, and all the Supreme Court cases touching on the bounds of federal/state/tribal relations. . . . Anyone who deals with Indian tribes in business matters needs to know about this important field of law.”

Professor Robert Anderson
University of Washington School of Law
Co-Editor of Felix Cohen’s Handbook on Federal Indian Law

“Indian country long has hungered for practical advice on how to modernize tribal governments, how to effectively assert tribal sovereignty, and how to forestall outsider influences on tribal business. Kaighn Smith’s guide to labor law in Indian country is a dramatic step in the right direction, with solid legal analysis coupled with cutting-edge recommendations for tribal leaders and attorneys. This work is a rare breath of fresh air in an era of deep judicial and political skepticism about Native nations.”

Matthew L.M. Fletcher
Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Indigenous Law & Policy Center
Michigan State University

2 thoughts on “New Book by Kaighn Smith on Labor and Employment Law in Indian Country

  1. Monique Vondall-Rieke December 2, 2010 / 12:52 pm

    Wish I had this book now!!

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