Indian Law Week and Summer Indian Law Courses at University of Montana School of Law

Download: 2017 Indian Law Week Poster

Link: Summer American Indian & Indigenous Law, previous post

Law students, grad students, attorneys, tribal leaders:

JOIN US for the Summer American Indian and Indigenous Law Program here at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana in beautiful Missoula. We are once again offering a unique slate of courses (for which we have also requested CLE credit) taught by some of the preeminent scholars and practitioners in our field. Topics include:

  • June 5-9: Indian Law Research, Stacey Gordon
  • June 12-16: Mastering American Indian Law, Maylinn Smith
  • June 19-23: Tribal Business Law, Matthew Fletcher
  • June 26-30: Environmental Justice in Indian Country, Wenona Singel
  • July 10-14: Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country, Kevin Washburn
  • July 17-21: Good Native Governance, Angela Riley
  • July 24-28: Sacred Sites and Religious Freedom, Hillary Hoffmann
  • July 31- August 4: Indian Child Welfare Act & Indian Civil Rights, Stephen Pevar
  • August 7-11: Taxation and Finance in Indian Country, Rob Roy Smith

The program is a great opportunity for students, attorneys, and tribal leaders to gain or feed a passion for Indian law by engaging with other outstanding students and professors in a beautiful and scenic location. Please have them check out the brochure or our website: Also, please feel free to post the brochure at your institution and pass the website and brochure along to others who may be interested in this opportunity to spend a few weeks this summer learning with us here in Missoula.

Call for Presentations and Papers: 37th Public Land Law Conference

Download(PDF): Announcement

The PUBLIC LAND & RESOURCES LAW REVIEW invites submissions for panelist presentations at its 37th Public Land Law Conference, Bridging Divides: Energy, Environment, and Empowerment in a New Era. The conference will be held at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana in beautiful Missoula, Montana. Our invited keynote speaker is U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.

Indian Law and Clinic Faculty Position, Alexander Blewett III School of Law

Link to job announcement here.

Tenure Track Faculty: Indian Law / Clinic Supervisor Position
Title: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor Position
Closing Date: Screening begins 8/22/2016; applications accepted until further notice or the position is filled
Schedule: Full time academic year position beginning fall semester 2017

Montana Law School 2016 Summer Indian Law Program

UPDATED: New card with class descriptions.

Download course card here.

2016 Course Schedule

Indian Law Research

Credits:Professor: Stacey Gordon Dates: June 6 – 10 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

CLE Credits: 11.5 (pending) CLE Tuition: $650 CLE Registration: Online

Given that American Indian and Alaska Natives are sovereign governments, the field of American Indian and Indigenous Law encompasses distinct legal issues and sources. Researching both federal Indian law (the relationships between tribal governments and the U.S. government) and tribal law (the law of individual tribes) requires a unique set of tools and research skills . In this course, students will learn the skills and sources necessary to research general Indian law issues as well as the very specialized skills and sources used in researching the legal history of a tribe, including reserved treaty rights. The course will cover researching treaties, Indian land claims, statutory and case law, and tribal law.

Mastering American Indian Law

Credits:Professor: Maylinn Smith Dates: June 13 – 17 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

CLE Credits: 23.75 (pending) CLE Tuition: $1,300 CLE Registration: Online

This course looks at fundamental aspects of American Indian law and provides a basic understanding of core Indian law principles, both on the federal and tribal level. The course familiarizes participants with the development of foundational concepts in the area of Indian law and addresses the continuing impact of federal legislation and court actions on tribal governance structures and principles of sovereignty. In addition to providing substantive information on legal principles associated with American Indian law, participants with engage in practical skills building exercises that build upon the substantive materials being covered.

Energy in Indian Country

Credits:Professor: Monte Mills Dates: June 20 – 24 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

CLE Credits: 11.5 (pending) CLE Tuition: $650 CLE Registration: Online

This course will trace the history of energy development and related issues in Indian Country, discuss the statutory, regulatory, and other legal issues that arise in that context, and provide participants with background and perspective on the issues currently facing Indian tribes interested in pursuing energy development. In doing so, we will learn more about the social, cultural, and other policy issues faced by tribes when considering decisions about development and examine the federal government’s role in fulfilling it trust responsibilities to Indian tribes engaged in energy-related activities.

Indian Gaming

Credits:Professor: Melissa Schlichting Dates: June 27 – July 1 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

CLE Credits: 11.5 (pending) CLE Tuition: $650 CLE Registration: Online

This class reviews federal statutes, regulations, and case law pertaining to Indian gaming issues. Participants will learn about contemporary issues affecting Indian gaming, the gaming regulation system, and the compacting process. Special emphasis will be placed on Montana tribal gaming concerns.

Supreme Court Jurisprudence and Indian Country

Credits:Professor: Matthew Fletcher Dates: July 5 – 8 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Course Capacity: 30 Students

CLE Credits: 12 (pending) CLE Tuition: $650 CLE Registration: Online

This course will introduce participants to the distinctive constitutional issues arising from and affecting Indian country. The initial portion of the class will cover the legal history of federal Indian law, dating from pre-constitutional times, the Marshall Trilogy, the Plenary Power Trilogy, to the modern era of federal Indian law beginning in 1959. The main portion of the class will address critical modern era cases and their impacts on contemporary tribal governance and Indian affairs.

Indian Water Law

Credits:Professor: John Carter Dates: July 11 – 15 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Course Capacity: 25 Students

CLE Credits: 11.5 (pending) CLE Tuition: $650 CLE Registration: Online

This course provides information about the various aspects of Indian water law and addresses the historical sources for Indian water rights, the scope of Indian water rights, protection of Indian water rights and the compacting process.

Current American Indian Legislative Issues

Credits:Professor: Kevin Washburn Dates: July 18 – 22 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

CLE Credits: 11.5 (pending) CLE Tuition: $650 CLE Registration: Online

Federal Indian law and policy develops in the courts, in Congress, and in federal agencies. This course will focus on the legislative and administrative processes in forming laws and regulations, but will also explore the relationship between the courts and these other forums by focusing on Congressional and administrative reactions to decisions in the Supreme Court and the lower courts. The content of the course will include recent developments in the 114th Congress and the Obama Administration.

Montana Law School Posting for Indian Law Professor

Best place to live and teach in the U.S.: The University of Montana School of Law anticipates hiring a full-time, tenure-track professor beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year to supervise the Indian Law Clinic and teach Indian law and related courses. With twelve Tribal Nations, you can teach where Indian law issues arise, at a school that emphasizes Indian law. Situated in the recreational center of Western Montana, we have a vibrant faculty, a close connection with students and the Bar, and a beautiful new building. Missoula is home to renowned artists and outdoor enthusiasts, and a wonderful place for families. We encourage applications from people historically underrepresented in the profession.

Tenure Track Faculty:  Indian Law/Clinic Supervisor Position

Title: Assistant Professor
Position Type: Academic
Closing Date: Screening begins 9/12/2014; applications accepted until further notice or the position is filled
Full time academic year position (10 month contract) beginning fall semester 2015
Entry Rate: $72,000 – $76,000
Benefits: Medical Insurance/Mandatory Retirement Contribution/Professional Development/Partial Tuition Waiver/Wellness

Primary Duties: Primary duties include teaching (both clinical and course work), scholarship, and service.


  • Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA-accredited law school
  • superior academic background
  • substantial practical experience in Indian law
  • potential for effective teaching and scholarship
  • interest in working with students in a clinical setting
  • ability to communicate effectively throughout Indian Country
  • ability to work collegially with students, staff, faculty, and external constituencies of the school
  • creativity, resourcefulness, fairness, compassion, and initiative

Preferred qualifications also include:

  • relevant experience in tribal, state, or federal courts
  • teaching experience
  • ability to develop clients, lead programs, and recruit/mentor Native American students


Must gain admission to the State Bar and tribal courts where clinical work arises.




Apply online only at Afull position description and application instructions are available online.

Indian Law Week at University of Montana, April 14-18

Information and schedule here.

The University of Montana Native American Law Students Association will present Indian Law Week Monday through Friday, April 14-18. Short sessions related to Native American law topics will be held Monday through Wednesday on campus, and the all-day Indian Child Welfare Act Conference will be held Thursday and Friday at the Wingate by Wyndham Hotel, located at 5252 Airway Blvd. in Missoula.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.


University of Montana School of Law — Environmental/Indian Law Job Posting

The University of Montana School of Law invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Law position for: Environmental/Indian Law.  The position is a ten-month contract beginning fall semester 2012.  Starting salary: $72,000 – $74,000.  To view a full job description, minimum requirements needed, and to apply, go to   ADA/EOE/AA/Veterans’ Preference