ILP Student Summer Update – Dylan Rain Tree

This summer, Dylan Rain Tree (rising 3L) is clerking with the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) at the Boulder, Colorado headquarters. NARF is the oldest and largest non-profit law firm dedicated to asserting and defending the rights of Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide. Mr. Rain Tree’s assignments are part of on-going legal cases that NARF accepts on behalf of Native American tribal clients whose legal issues are of national importance. Mr. Rain Tree’s work has focused on sacred site protection, tribal court jurisdiction, tribal recognition, and traditional criminal justice systems. His duties include researching and writing memorandums on legal questions of presidential authority, lawsuit immunities, traditional tribal legal procedures, and the new federal recognition regulations for acknowledgement. Overall, Mr. Rain Tree’s clerkship is an exciting opportunity into the legal practice of federal Indian law.