Univ. of Michigan Posts Native Studies Professor Job Opening



NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES. The Department of American Culture and the program in Native American Studies (NAS) at the University of Michigan invite applications for an open-rank tenured or tenure track position in Native American and/or other U.S.-related Indigenous Studies as part of the Provost’s Anti-Racism Hiring Initiative (ARHI).

We seek qualified scholars in all fields with either disciplinary or interdisciplinary training. The search will consider scholars whose work focuses on Indigeneity, Race, and American Belonging in the United States and those who use comparative and transnational frameworks in relation to the United States. Scholars whose expertise in Native American and Indigenous studies falls within the humanities or humanistic social sciences (including but not limited to gender & sexuality, environmental studies, history, digital studies, museum studies, visual and expressive culture, etc.) are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must demonstrate evidence of excellence in teaching and research. A Ph.D. in a relevant discipline in the arts, humanities, or social sciences is required prior to appointment. This is a university-year appointment with an expected start date of August 26, 2024.


Application Deadline for full consideration is August 21, 2023, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

Qualified persons should submit preliminary application documents as email attachments to

ac-position@umich.edu under the subject line “NAS ARHI Position.”

Please include the following components (each submitted as a separate PDF file):

  1. Cover Letter addressed to the Chair, NAS Search Committee. Please be sure the cover letter includes: Your name and address; your email address and phone contact information.    
  2. Curriculum Vitae    
  3. Writing Sample (limit to 25 pages)

Persons whose applications are selected for further review will be individually asked to provide additional documents, including but not limited to: evidence of teaching excellence, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, a diversity statement, and a statement of current and future research plans.

Confirmation: Upon receipt of your preliminary application you can expect an email acknowledgment with a request and instructions to submit a voluntary survey to the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

The University of Michigan is committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse work culture that respects the rights and dignity of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, height, weight, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Offers for this appointment are contingent upon a successful background screening.

Fletcher on Tribal Customary Law and an Indigenous Canon of Construction

Check out “The Three Lives of Mamengwaa: Toward an Indigenous Canon of Construction” on SSRN.


This paper will survey the history of tribal courts, which allows for an explanation for the reasons behind the relatively minimal impact tribal courts have had on Indian country governance, drawing on the work of Rob Porter. The paper will then turn to the monumental changes in tribal judiciaries and in tribal legal practice of the last few decades, which in turn allows for a discussion about several recent tribal court decisions that could signal a future where tribal courts play a far greater role in regulating Indian country governance through the application of customary law, drawing on the work of Wenona Singel. Finally, the paper offers preliminary thoughts on whether adding robust tribal judicial regulation to an already crowded field of Indian country governance is normatively beneficial. Short answer? Yes. Many of the intractable political disputes that plague tribal governance can be traced to the reliance by tribal governments on state and federal legal principles that are deeply flawed and have limited value in Indigenous contexts. I suggest the acknowledgment of an Indigenous Canon of Construction of tribal laws by tribal judiciaries that limit the impact of colonization on tribal nations.

D.C. Federal Court Rejects Sault Tribe’s Third Effort to Force Interior to Acquire Land for Off-Rez Gaming

Here is the order in Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians v. Haaland (D.D.C.):

Briefs here.