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July 5, 2019

In 1978, the United States Supreme Court decided a case called Oliphant v. Suquamish Indian Tribe, 435 U.S. 191 (1978). The question before the Court was whether tribes had the power to prosecute non-Indian defendants in tribal court for crimes committed on reservation...

January 29, 2019

This award winning essay was written by Joseph Austin for the 18th Annual Richard Grand Legal Writing Competition.

Dedicated to those young Native warriors who carry the torch of a forgotten people, the light in the darkness, the hope of generations past, and the vision...

January 21, 2019

In English, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, but for indigenous people, it seems to be the opposite—a word in our language is worth a thousand pictures. As a kid, and even today, I ask my father to help me interpret a Navajo word into English, and we both...

January 5, 2019

My first day of law school began with contracts law. In the days leading up to the first day of class, we were assigned readings, mostly consisting of cases. I’m pretty sure most of us going into that first day of contracts law read the cases but understood less than 2...

August 15, 2018

This award winning piece was written by Joseph Austin in 2016 for the UofA College of Law Richard Grand Writing Competition. The competition prompt was to write about a place that is special to the author. At a time when places sacred to indigenous peoples were being v...

August 13, 2018

Author Bio: Juris Doctor (J.D.), James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona; Bachelor’s of Science (B.S.) in Business Administration, Eller College of Management, University of Arizona; Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Economic Law & Policy; Doctor of...

July 25, 2018

To the Native/Indigenous Students of Indian Country:

This past spring, my company co-sponsored a conference that was organized by me and a colleague/friend Adam Crepelle. It was called, “All Roads Lead to Chaco Canyon,” and it was perhaps the first of its kind. It cente...

January 11, 2018

  1. What is the role of a tribal government in economic development?

   Tribal economic development is my area of expertise. I believe that economic development is the answer to all the problems plaguing Indian country. In America, money is our religion. For many Ame...

January 10, 2018

I’m going to submit an answer that addresses both questions. First, in order to define the roles of the tribal government in whatever area, you have to first define the goals and vision for the tribe. This entails leaders, elders, and even community members coming toge...

January 10, 2018

Recently, Frank was tasked with addressing two questions: (1) What is the role of a tribal government in economic development; and (2) What is the role of a tribal government in the development of social, economic, and cultural institutions? In his mind, Frank believed...

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