Why Introduce Tribal Nations & Courts? Teaching: enhance legal skills instruction with comparative legal studies and multicultural awareness Service: further law schools’ social justice mission
Applications Federalism Sources of Primary Law Selecting Authority Professional Respect for Legal Institutions Preparation for Increased Tribal Court Practice Social Justice Enculturation Enhanced Transfer of Learning Professional Multicultural Awareness
A Three-Sovereign Federal System Federal Government State Governments Native American Nations
Sovereignty & Selecting Authority What Law Binds the Court? HighestAppellateTrial What Law Governs the Issue? Constitution Judicial Case law Court Rules Legislative Statutes Leg History Executive Regulations Exec Orders
State SupremeAppellateTrial Municipal, Agencies, Drug, etc. Tribal SupremeAppellateTrial Peacemaking; Healing-to- Wellness, etc. Federal Supreme Circuit Court of Appeals District Court Immigration, Bankruptcy, Agencies, etc. Issue of State Law? Issue of Federal Law? Issue of Tribal Law?