Professor Miller’s book chapter “American Indian Entrepreneurship” available on SSRN

Professor Robert J. Miller has released a book chapter on SSRN. You can download the chapter on American Indian Entrepreneurship for free. The Abstract is also below.

Almost none of the 300 Indian reservations located in the lower forty-eight states possess functioning economies in which reservation residents and visitors can purchase the goods and services commonly available in the U.S…. economy. A private, free market economy obviously requires private business owners, i.e., entrepreneurs. The percentage of private business ownership among American Indians, however, is by far the lowest for any identifiable group in the U.S. and this fact alone contributes greatly to the poverty and lack of economic activity on reservations. Consequently, to assist Indian nations and communities to unlock their wealth and to improve their economic and social conditions, tribal governments and others need to focus on increasing the number of on-reservation Indian entrepreneurs and creating more privately owned businesses and private-sector economies on reservations.

Preserving Tribal Sovereignty through Strength and Collaboration by Governor Steven Roe Lewis – April 13

Steven Roe LewisAmerican Indian Studies is a proud sponsor of an upcoming public talk by Gila River Indian Community Governor Stephen Roe Lewis. In addition to serving in the executive office at Gila River, Governor Lewis is a graduate of ASU with a degree in American Indian Studies.

Wednesday, February 13 (11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)
Memorial Union, Alumni Lounge

Job Opportunity – Staff Attorney

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

The Office of Tribal Attorney advises and represents the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in Federal, Swinomish and State courts. The Office of Tribal Attorney has seven attorneys and four legal assistants, and provides legal services covering a broad range of Tribal government, economic development, natural resource and Federal Indian law issues. The Office’s practice includes legal advice, document drafting and collaboration with a wide range of Swinomish policy committees, departments and entities, with work including contract preparation and review; drafting ordinances; economic development activities; intergovernmental issues; treaty hunting and fishing rights and management; reservation lands governance and management; water rights, environmental protection, Indian gaming, housing and utilities, among other areas.

Application: Submit the following: Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Employment Application (you may request this application via email); cover letter including salary preference, along with current resume, the names and contact information for at least 3 professional references, and a writing sample to:

Wendy A. Otto
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
11404 Moorage Way
La Conner. Washington 98257
Tel: (360) 466-1134
Fax: ( 360) 466-5309

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Job Opportunity – General Counsel

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe
: Legal
Job Code: 22-1011
Status: Full-time, Exempt
Deadline: Open Until Filled

Description of position:
Under the direction of Tribal Council, General Counsel is responsible for legal advice, representation, assistance and support to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, its government, departments and enterprises. General Counsel represents the Tribe in all aspects of tribal government, including, but not limited to, Commercial Transactions, Contracts, Gaming, application of environment and natural resources laws and other federal laws relating to Tribal and reservation agencies and enterprises, federal-state jurisdiction issues, taxation issues, economic development, construction law, employment law, federal administrative proceedings, Tribal court jurisdiction issues, hunting and fishing rights and tribal taxation law and policy. General Counsel advises Tribal Council on intergovernmental agreements, drafting ordinances and resolutions, advises tribal agencies such as social services, police department, and tribal enterprises, drafts leases and other commercial documents. The General Counsel is responsible for the administration of all assignments to the staff of the Office of the General Counsel including planning, development and legal strategy of all assignments and directives of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council.

Job Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Applicants must submit letter of interest, resume, supporting documents (certificates, degrees, licenses) and proof of native preference eligibility (Status Card or letter) by email to or by mail to Human Resources, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, 412 State Route 37, Akwesasne, NY 13655. Applicants must clearly outline that they meet the qualification requirements on their resume.

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Professor Patty Ferguson-Bohnee in ASU Now!

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Patty Ferguson-Bohnee, faculty director of the Indian Legal Program in ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, knows firsthand about the struggles of indigenous people. Her family grew up in southern Louisiana during the era of desegregation; as a result, she felt that her own people were minimized in the quest for equality. Now she fights for them and all Native Americans – a mission that aligns well into ASU’s advocacy efforts. Read full article – Fighting for her people.

20th Annual Willard H. Pedrick Lecture, “A Journey in Law and Society from Pedrick to Same-Sex Marriage” – Next week!

William Canby

The Pedrick Lecture, now in its 20th year, is named in honor of Willard H. Pedrick, founding Dean of the Arizona State University College of Law. This year’s lecture,“A Journey in Law & Society,” will be given by William C. Canby Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and founding faculty member of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

March 17, 2016 (4:30 pm)
Armstrong Hall, Great Hall

Job Opportunity – Attorney

Rosette LLP is a majority-Indian owned and operated law firm providing legal services to federally-recognized Indian tribes and their governmental entities and agencies nationwide.

We are seeking an attorney for the Firm’s Folsom Office, in Northern California, who has zero to 3 years of relevant experience. Candidates must be a member in good standing of at least the California Bar. Preference will be given to attorneys who are licensed in multiple jurisdictions, as well as those who have established commitment to protecting the interests of federally-recognized Indian Tribes and matters involving Native American heritage, as well as a keen interest and experience in Federal Indian law including the areas of litigation (in tribal, state and federal courts), transactional law, gaming law, internal tribal governance matters, lobbying, water law and/environmental law.

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Please respond with resume, writing sample and cover letter via e-mail to:
Marianne Galli at: