NASX 530

Fall semesters: in-person

Spring semesters: Online

3 Credits, Graduate Level

Spring 2024 instructor: Kristie Russette

Fall 2024 instructor: Dr. Laurie Walker


Course Description

Online Course co-convenes with NASX 476

PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing. Advanced analysis of theories, doctrines, case law, and legislation with a focus on key legal and policy concerns for contemporary Native America including treaties, criminal jurisdiction, land, environmental regulation, water rights, fishing and hunting, child welfare, gaming, taxation, repatriation, and religious freedom. This course will cover some of the most important issues affecting American Indian lives and livelihoods, the histories of these issues from a legal perspective, and the generations of actors who have pursued and continue to pursue resolution of these issues through legal, legislative, and other means. Repeatable up to 3 credits.

Reading for this course may include, but are not limited to:

*Resource and materials list subject to change. Check with the instructor before purchasing books!*

  • Canby, William C. (2020). American Indian Law in a Nutshell, 7th Ed. West Academic Publishing.
  • Goldberg, Carole E., et al. (2011). Indian Law Stories. Foundation Press/Thomson Reuters.
  • Echo-Hawk, Walter R. (2010). In the Courts of the Conqueror: the 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided. Fulcum Publishing.


Dr. Laurie Walker
Laurie A. Walker earned their MSW and PhD in Social Work and B.S. in Psychology. Laurie was awarded Tenure at the University of Montana where they taught 2+2 courses at Montana Tribal Colleges focused on policy, community development, community organizing, social movements, and social planning. Laurie co-wrote the ACLU of Montana report Empty Desks: Discipline & Policing in Montana's Public Schools (see
Kristie Russette

Kristie Russette (ᐃᐧᐦᑲᐢᐠ ᐊᐧᒋᕀ ᐃᐢᑫᐧᐤ, “Sweetgrass Mountain Woman”) is an enrolled member of the Chippewa Cree tribe from Rocky Boy, Montana. She holds an MA in Native American Studies and a BA in Art/English, both completed at MSU. As a graduate student, she received the Land Grant Excellence Award and the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation Native American Graduate Fellowship. She worked in a variety of roles at MSU, including Curriculum Developer and Outreach Coordinator/Recruitment Specialist for the Department of Native American Studies, and Events & Promotions Coordinator for the Office of Admissions. Prior to returning to MSU as a professional, she assisted with several social services programs for the State of Alaska in Juneau, Alaska.  

Tuition and Fees

If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Tuition and Fee table below:

For more information, view MSU Fee Schedules.

How to Register

You must be accepted as a student to Montana State University to take this course. Learn how to apply.

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For course information:

Please contact Erika Ross at [email protected] or Laurie Walker at [email protected] or Kristie Russette at [email protected]