LGP 990 (01) - Law Special Topics

LawSpcTop/Federal Indian Law

Law   Franklin Pierce School of Law :: General Practice (LAW)
Credits: 3.0
Term: Spring 2024 - Law (01/16/2024 - 05/10/2024)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   30  
CRN: 56970
Special topics courses explore emerging developments in the law or take advantage of special expertise provided by visitors and guest faculty. Courses offered under this title are approved by the Associate Dean and may be designated to meet skills or advanced writing requirements. Special topics classes may only satisfy elective credit and are available only to law students after their first year of study and graduate students by permission.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 15 credits.
Majors not allowed in section: LAW: JD HYBRID
Excluding the following students: Graduate Law - Online
Instructors: Arthur Gajarsa

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/16/2024 5/10/2024 MW 1:00pm - 2:30pm UNHL 205
Additional Course Details: 

Federal Indian Law

This course will review and analyze the relationship between the Unites States Government and the Native Indian Tribes within its border. The U.S. Constitution under Article I Sec. 8 Paragraph 3 grants the U.S. Congress the authority “To regulate Commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with Indian Tribes.” Pursuant to this clause, the Federal Government has the primary responsibility for dealing with Indian Tribes. The law and U.S. public policy relating to the Native Nations and its members has evolved continuously since the founding of the United States.

This course will require closer study of United States history from its founding to the present day. This history is dynamic and will require a strong analytical critical challenge for the failures of the Federal Government in pursuing its policy trying to protect and recognize cultural differences and political autonomy. It should be noted that we shall view the historical relationship with a critical edge in seeking to process policy and enforceable law.

We shall therefore be studying Federal Indian Law rather than Tribal Law, although we may contrast the adoption of several provisions of the Iroquois Confederacy tradition by the Founding Fathers.

We shall therefore be required to reconsider the development of history and the policy adopted by treaties and federal statutes beginning with the first ratified treaty between the United States and an Indian Tribe: The Treaty of Fort Pitt with the Delaware Nation Sept. 17, 1778, 7 Stat. 13.

The historical dimension of the relationship between the Indian Tribe and the Federal Government cannot be ignored. It is the underpinning of this course and viewed through the spectrum of Federal Treaties, Statutes, and Supreme Court opinions.