About the Course

This course is an introduction to Federal Indian Law, focusing on the impacts to modern Alaskan Tribal Governments. Particular attention will be given to the relationship between Federal Indian Law and tribal justice systems in Alaska.

Unit 1
  1. Early Foundations of Federal Indian Law
  2. Doctrine of Discovery
  3. Royal Proclamation of 1763
  4. U.S. Constitution
  5. Treaties
  6. Marshall Trilogy (1823-1832)
  7. Removal and Reservations
  8. Crow Dog Case (1883)
  9. Assimilation
  10. Russians in Alaska and U.S. Purchase (1867)
  11. Early Years in Alaska after Purchase
Unit 2
  1. Beginning the Special Relationship and Events Leading to the Settlement of Land Claims
  2. Early Education and Effects of the Nelson Act (1905)
  3. Early Alaska Native Land Cases and Acts
  4. Citizenship: United States, State of Alaska, Tribal
  5. Indian Reorganization Act (1934)
  6. Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law: Case’s Alaska Natives and American Laws
  7. World War II
  8. Indian Country Statute (1948)
  9. Termination Era 1950′s, Public Law 280
  10. Alaska Statehood and Build Up to Alaska Native Land Claims
Unit 3
  1. Settlement of Aboriginal Claims and the Enhancement of Tribal Self-Determination 
  2. Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), 1971
  3. Indian Self Determination and Education Act (ISDEAA), 1975
  4. Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), 1978
  5. Subsistence (ANILCA, 1980) 
Unit 4
  1. Tribal Recognition, Sovereignty, and Jurisdiction
  2. Federal Recognition of Alaska Tribes and Relations with the State of Alaska
  3. Alaska Tribal Sovereignty and Jurisdiction: Major Case Law Affecting Alaska Tribal Sovereignty
  4. Modern Tribal Governments in Alaska
  5. General Principles of Federal Indian Law