Tribal Sovereignty and Federal Indian Law Graduate Certificate

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Department of American Indian Studies
Program Type
Graduate Certificate
American Indian Studies
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

About this Program

Designed to meet the professional needs of individuals interested in tribal governance and tribal relations. The courses in this program emphasize the inherent authority of tribal nations, federal Indian policy, and the legal status of tribes as contemplated within federal courts. This certificate ensures students understand fundamental governance and legal principles associated with tribal nations and prepares them to participate in tribal governance and tribal relations.

Acquired Skills


MTAG 5110 Principles of Tribal Sovereignty I (3 cr)
MTAG 5120 Principles of Tribal Sovereignty II (3 cr)
MTAG 5530 Federal Indian Law I (3 cr)
MTAG 5540 Federal Indian Law II (3 cr)

Applicants to this program must have already earned a bachelor's degree.  This program admits annually, fall term only.

Completed applications will consist of: resume/CV, unofficial undergraduate transcript(s), and a personal statement.  The personal statement should give the committee a better picture of who you are and is an opportunity to share your personal qualities. You should describe what has prepared you and motivates you toward this certificate as well as how you plan to apply the certificate. It can include a summary of your educational and professional journey. It should be 500 words or less and be proofread for grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors.