Federal Indian Law: Tribal Code Development Assistance Project

The Yurok Tribe is the largest federally recognized Native nation in California. Students will assist the client, the Yurok Tribal Attorney’s Office, by conducting research related to drafting tribal taxation code. The exact scope and nature of the research will be determined in consultation with the client. Students will produce policy research memos to share internally with the client. Because of the topic’s complexity, coursework or background in federal Indian law or taxation is preferred but not required.

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Client: Yurok Tribe

Deliverables: Policy recommendations; oral briefing

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Stanford Law Students Learn Law with California’s Yurok Tribe

Most Americans don’t think much about the 570 or so sovereign Indian nations within the borders of the United States. But each of those tribes represents a distinct people and government—and legal system.

“Native Americans have their own legal systems because they’ve always had their own legal systems, which is, I think, important to point out,” says Greg Ablavsky, associate professor of law and an expert on early American legal history, particularly on issues of sovereignty, territory, and property in the early American West. “Each Native community has its own set of laws and legal traditions.”

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