Summer Indian Law: Social Justice Issues in Indian Country Alexander Blewett III School of Law


July 20, 2020 – July 24, 2020 all-day
Monte Mills
(406) 243-2544

Study Indian law this summer! The Alexander Blewett III School of Law invites you to participate in the 13th annual Summer American Indian and Indigenous Law Program, June 1-July 24, 2020.

This year we are offering remotely instructed courses with a faculty comprised of expert Indian law scholars and practitioners from around the country. Participants in the program may choose from any of the courses or take them all. Courses are cross-listed for graduate credit. These courses are self-supporting with no state tuition expense, so tuition waivers will not apply.

Approved by the Montana CLE Commission, each course will yield 13.75 continuing legal education credits for practicing attorneys. Register on Eventbrite for CLE.

Professor Kate Fort
Michigan State University School of Law

American Indian Children and the Law

American Indian Children and the Law focuses on the specific legal issues facing American Indian children in the United States. Much of the focus will be on the implementation, interpretation, and understanding of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).  ICWA, a federal statute interpreted almost entirely in state courts, applies to all terminations of parental rights if the child involved is an Indian child under the law’s definition. Congress passed this law was passed in 1978 in response to the overwhelming numbers of Indian children in foster care and adopted away from their tribes and families.  However, the course will also address issues in state welfare systems, the history of Native children and state actors, and current tribal social service practices.