Tribal Organizations

Spring 2015 quarter

Taught by

natural resource policy, public administration

This course is the third of the 1st Year Tribal Concentration Courses and focuses on the organizational structure and operations of tribal governments. The structures and institutions within Indian Country are often based on a complex amalgam of Indigenous law and policy, Tribal Constitutions, Non-Indian law and policy and myriad written and oral historical sources. Students will critically analyze tribal organizational structures and practices including management systems and budgeting processes. The “declaration” will be a primary focus of class with examination of the historical context and the current political/legal environment existing around Indian Country and in Washington D.C. Tribal constitutional creations and relationships between organizations and practices are subjects that will be addressed in class readings and discussion. Students will also analyze the scope of authority of tribal courts and the separation of tribal legislative from administrative and judicial functions.

Program Details

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day and Weekend

Advertised schedule: May 15-17, 29-31, 1-5p Fri, 9a-5p Sat/Sun


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Registration Information

Credits: 4 (Spring)

Class standing: Graduate

Maximum enrollment: 30


Course Reference Number

(4 GR credits): 30345

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