Native American Pipeline to Law Workshops at Arizona State University (August 1-5, 2018)

Are you, or someone who you know, a Native American undergraduate student or college graduate interested in attending law school? Then, perhaps you should consider the Native American Pipeline to Law Pre-Law Workshops. These workshops educate and help students successfully navigate the law school application process. Additionally, these workshops will assist participants in preparing competitive applications.

This year’s workshop’s will be held August 1-5, 2018 at Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona. For the application and additional information, please see the visit the website here. Deadline to apply is July 18, 2018.

Press Release for ILPC Student (and Udall Intern!) Chloe Elm

The ILPC is pleased to announce that first-year ILPC student Chloe Elm (Tonawanda Band of Seneca Indians) is one of twelve recipients selected for a 2018 Native American Congressional Internship in Washington D.C! Additionally, Chloe Elm recently won NNALSA’s 1L of the Year Award. Please see below the cut for the press release describing Chloe’s background and her impressive qualifications. Congratulations, Chloe!Chloe Elm Continue reading

Sovereignty Symposium Writing Competition

The Supreme Court of Oklahoma and the Sovereignty Symposium, Inc. are sponsoring a writing competition open to all students enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States, its territories or Canada.

In conjunction with Sovereignty Symposium XXXI, which will be held June 6-7, 2018 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, a scholarly collection of legal and historical writings will be presented to all participants.  Legal libraries all over the United States regularly solicit copies of the publications for their collections.   The subject matter of the paper may be on any area of the law relating to Native Americans or other indigenous peoples.  First, second, and third prizes in the amounts of $750.00; $500.00; and $250.00 will be awarded.  The winning entry will also be published in the 2018 Symposium compendium of materials.  Second and third place entries will be published if space permits.

The entries in the writing competition must be not less than thirty (30) single-spaced pages nor more than fifty (50) single-spaced pages in length.  The paper used shall be 8-1/2” x 11” in size.  The title of the paper, the name of the author and a current mailing address and telephone number must be placed on a cover page.  Only the title of the paper should appear at the top of the first page of the text.  The author’s name should appear on the cover page only.  Papers must be submitted in Word or Word Perfect format.  E-mail the formatted version to  Use a 12-point font in Times New Roman format.  Again, the document should be single spaced.  The left and right margins must be 2”; the top and bottom margins must be 1.5”.

Papers are evaluated for: Timelines of Subject; Originality; Legal Analysis; Use of Authority; Creativity of Arguments; Strength and Logic of Conclusions; Grammar; Punctuation and Writing Style.

Entries must be received no later than May 1, 2018.  Publication releases will be required prior to payment of prize money.  Email entries to e-mail

Gensaw v. Del Norte School District – Yurok Civil Rights Complaint

The ACLU brought this claim on behalf of a class of Yurok middle school students objecting the closure of the school. In the words of the district court, “Plaintiffs allege that the Del Norte County Unified School District, its Superintendent, and five members of its Board discriminated against Native American students on the basis of race and/or national origin by deciding to close middle school grades of Margaret Keating Elementary School, located on the Yurok Reservation in Klamath, California.” Slip op. at

The district court granted parts of the motion to dismiss, leaving a Section 1983 and a Title VI claim.

Here are the materials:


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Student Trip to Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians


Students in the Federal Law and Indian Tribes class at MSU Law traveled to the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians for a day of meetings titled “Sovereignty in Practice.” Students were kindly hosted by the Tribe at the government buildings, where they met with tribal judges, the tribal council, the chief of police, the director of the Natural Resources department, tribal attorneys and members of the Office of Cultural Preservation.

The class Federal Law and Indian Tribes primarily provides a base in federal Indian law through Supreme Court cases. This unique trip gave students a different perspective of tribes and how the Supreme Court cases they study affect day-to-day tribal operations.