The Law of American Indians Posts

The Dakota Access Pipeline

Last week a judge ruled that construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline may proceed, with the exception of an area in North Dakota.

ALI Reporters on the Historical Basis for the Trust Relationship between the US and Indian Children

In this recently published article, project Reporters Matthew Fletcher and Wenona Singel explore the history of the role of Indian children in the formation of the federal-tribal trust relationship. This piece comes as constitutional challenges to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) are now pending. The Reporters conclude the historical record demonstrates the core of the federal-tribal trust relationship is the welfare of Indian children and their relationship to Indian nations.