TM112 Federal Indian Law for Alaska Tribes
Course Syllabus

Course Description:
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.

Course Goals:
Students will understand the significance of Federal Indian Law on Alaska Tribes and tribal justice systems.

Student Learning Outcomes:
On completion of the course the student should be able to:

  • Understand the basic elements of Federal Indian law as it applies to Alaska Tribes.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the historical significance and continued importance of Federal Indian Law.
  • Effectively communicate an understanding of Federal Indian Law, specifically it’s impact on tribal justice systems.
  • Effectively communicate an understanding of the current extent of tribal jurisdiction in Alaska.

Instructional Methods: This is an instructor led distance course.

Course Policies: This is an instructor led distance course.

Students are expected to:

  • Watch the DVD “Tribal Nations, The Story of Federal Indian Law”
  • Complete all 4 units of the course
  • Complete final exam

Text: None.  Materials are available online.

Office Hours: Since this is an distance course, no office hours are scheduled.  However, the instructor will be available via email.

The Tribal Management Program can be reached at 1-866-474-5710

Evaluation and Grading:
This course will be graded pass/fail.  In order to receive a passing grade, participants must receive a 70% or higher grade. Participants will be assessed based upon practical application of skills and demonstration of course objectives.

Timely contributions. Comments are meaningful and show preparedness which reflect course readings. In-depth thought and contributions which add to the overall learning of the other individuals in the course. Demonstrates courtesy and respect to others.
Timely contributions. However, overall contribution is lacking in that readings are only sometimes incorporated into the discussions and postings do not always reflect questions posed or topics described. Individual participated in all but ONE of the discussion forums. Demonstrates courtesy and respect to others.
Overall contributions not meaningful – type of comments for example ‘good idea’ orI agree. Very little evidence of having read course materials or giving any in-depth thought to the reading. Failed to participate in at least 2 discussions during the posting period.
Participation is erratic or non-existent. Little or no evidence of having read course materials and preparing for the discussion. Failed to participate in at least 3 discussions during the posting period.
F No participation.

For each Unit, Students should be able to know and identify the significance of:

Unit 1

  • Doctrine of Discovery
  • Royal Proclamation of 1763
  • U.S. Constitution
  • Treaties
  • Marshall Trilogy (1823-1832)
  • Removal and Reservations
  • Crow Dog Case (1883)
  • Assimilation
  • Russians in Alaska and U.S. Purchase (1867)
  • Early Years in Alaska after Purchase

Unit 2

  • Early Education and Effects of the Nelson Act (1905)
  • Early Alaska Native Land Cases and Acts
  • Citizenship: United States, State of Alaska, Tribal
  • Indian Reorganization Act (1934)
  • Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law: Case’s Alaska Natives and American Laws
  • World War II
  • Indian Country Statute (1948)
  • Termination Era 1950′s, Public Law 280
  • Alaska Statehood and Build Up to Alaska Native Land Claims

Unit 3

  • Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), 1971
  • Indian Self Determination and Education Act (ISDEAAO), 1975
  • Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), 1978
  • Subsistence (ANILCA, 1980)

Unit 4

  • Federal Recognition of Alaska Tribes and Relations with the State of Alaska
  • Alaska Tribal Sovereignty and Jurisdiction: Major Case Law Affecting Alaska Tribal Sovereignty
  • Relationships Between Alaska and Lower 48 Tribes
  • Modern Tribal Governments in Alaska
  • General Principles of Federal Indian Law

Support Services:
The instructor is available upon appointment for additional assistance outside session hours.

The Tribal Management Program can be reached toll-free at 1-866-474-5710