Turtle Talk Poll/Survey: What Should Indian Law Students Be Researching and Writing About? (Now with Results)

Please see below for the write-in answers. Keeping it open but this is probably the end of the meat of the polling.

Every year, American Indian law profs are asked by law students to advise on law school paper topics or law journal note topics. Law profs are well suited to advising students on putting together papers of publishable quality, and perhaps even getting them published. Many people don’t know it, but law students often write about the cutting edge issues long before law profs do.

I am of the view that Indian law practitioners are the people law students should be asking — they’re the ones in the field. A lot of law profs serve as tribal court judges, so we see snippets of the action on the ground but we tend to recommend that a law student write another case note or a case-cruncher. The people who work in-house for tribal governments, federal and state government attorneys, and outside counsel know what the kind of scholarship is actually useful in Indian affairs.

If you think of something else, add it, or post a comment, or both.

Of course, the information could be valuable to law profs as well.

UPDATE (9:17 AM Eastern, Oct. 17, 2014):

The wordpress poll doesn’t work all that well. “Other” answers already include the following:

outer space law and colonization 2
Application of federal laws 1
tribal citizenship/disenrollment remedies 1
land into trust 1
educational effect of the misuse of tribal imagery in elementary/high school. 1
General corporate and business law 1
Tribal Gaming/IGRA 1
indian education–history of related laws 1
Economic Bias in Tribal Law Academic Scholarship 1
tribal criminal jd (including right to counsel, lack of, habeas, etc) 1
Tribal preference and Peabody Coal 1
voting rights, particularly real evidence of barriers 1
Tribal health care programs 1
historical conventions 1
Shared jurisdiction within the boundaries 1
USDA RD Housing administered by TDHEs 1
All of the above! 1
intra-tribal disputes 1
all topics 1
Peacemaking courts becoming mainstream! 1
Native Veterans Tax issue 1
Public Domain Indian allotments-jurisdiction 1
State – Tribal Tax Issues 1
financial regulatory structure of tribal governments and enterprises 1
Alaska trust lands/criminal jdx 1
nagpra 1
BLM oversight of tribal lands and mischaracterization as public lands 1
$99 Million in Attorney Fees for Harper & Gingold 1
Indian water negotiations and settlements 1
environmental law 1
Indian Civil Rights violations 1
Practical effect of cross-deputization of tribal law enforcement 1
tribal election disputes 1
reciprocal domestication of tribal court orders 1
2014 Farm Bill and Tribal Food Sovereignty 1

Fletcher Study on American Indian Legal Scholarship and the Courts

I have posted the data so far in chart form for my ongoing study on the impact of American Indian legal scholarship on the judiciary. The draft paper, which will be available on a limited basis at the Berkeley conference on Phil Frickey’s legacy, is called “American Indian Legal Scholarship and the Courts.” The data is available on SSRN here.

Here is the abstract for the appendices:

“American Indian Legal Scholarship and the Courts” is a forthcoming article that includes charts representing data on the citation patters of federal, state, and tribal courts to American Indian legal scholarship (defined as law review and similar publications focused on American Indian law). This paper includes three appendices in the form of simple charts that organize that data. Appendix 1 is a chart of Supreme Court opinions dating back to 1959 that include citations to Indian law review articles. Appendix 2 is a chart of law review articles cited in lower federal, state, and tribal courts since 1959, organized by article. Appendix 3 is the same chart reversed, with the chart organized by case first.