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Working Effectively with Tribal Governments

Federal Indian Law and Policy

Closeup of Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution which mentions Indian tribes

Module Objectives

In this module, you will gain both a historical and a present-day perspective of policies and issues regarding Native Americans and the federal government, and an overview of federal Indian law. There will also be a brief introduction to jurisdiction in Indian Country.

Generally, the term "Native American" includes both American Indians of the lower 48 states and Alaska Natives.

More laws have been enacted for Native Americans than for any single racial or ethnic group in America. For example, an entire volume of federal statutes, Title 25 of the U.S. Code, is exclusively focused on Indians and Indian tribes.

This module presents an introduction to:

  • The history of federal policy with Native Americans.
  • Federal Indian law regarding jurisdictional issues.
  • Tribal and state relations.



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