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University of Idaho
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Idaho Indian Law Basics

Native American Law Conference

Idaho Indian Law Basics

Friday, March 28, 2014
University of Idaho College of Law Courtroom

This day-long conference will feature presentations that cover the most important fundamentals of practicing law in Indian Country today, with a specific focus on Idaho.

The presentations and discussions are designed to provide an updated overview of the fundamentals of Indian law.

Presentations and discussion topics include

  • The Federal Indian Trust Responsibility
  • Tribal Governments and Sovereign Immunity;
  • Criminal Jurisdiction;
  • Taxation;
  • The Indian Child Welfare Act;
  • Indian Probate Matters
  • Water Rights


Time Event
8:00 Registration opens
9:00 Welcome
9:15 Indian Law Essentials and Ethics
Historical Overview of Indian Law and the Federal Trust Responsibility
Professor Angelique Townsend EagleWoman, Associate Professor of Law
University of Idaho College of Law
10:15 Tribal Governments and Sovereign Immunity
Tribal Governance/Tribal Courts
Judge Cynthia Jordan, Chief Judge
Colville Tribal Courts

Tribal Sovereign Immunity
Julie Kane, General Counsel
Nez Perce Tribe Office of Legal Counsel
11:15 Break – 10 minutes
11:25 Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country
Criminal Jurisdiction on Idaho Reservations
Wendy Olson, United States Attorney for Idaho
United States Attorney Office, District of Idaho
12:25 – 1:15 Lunch on your own
1:15 Taxation in Indian Country
Federal Case Law Overview
William Bacon, General Counsel
Shoshone–Bannock Tribes Office of Legal Counsel

State Taxation on Idaho Reservations
Helo Hancock, Attorney and Legislative Director
Coeur d’Alene Tribe Office of Legislative Affairs
2:15 Family Law
Adoption and Child Custody
Professor Mary Jo Hunter, Clinical Professor of Law
Hamline University School of Law

Erica Wolf, Managing Attorney
Center for Indian Law & Policy, Seattle University School of Law
3:15 Break – 10 minutes
3:25 Indian Water Rights
Tribal Water Rights Basics
Dylan Hedden–Nicely, Attorney
Howard Funke and Associates

Water Rights Negotiations
Professor Barbara Cosens, Professor of Law
University of Idaho College of Law
4:25 Closing Remarks

Registration Information

There is no charge for non-lawyers, but registration is requested of all attendees.

Registration is available the day of the conference beginning at 8:00 a.m.

5.0 CLE credits and 1.0 Ethics credits applied for with the Idaho State Bar and approved by the Washington State Bar Association. CLE registrants may attend for a fee of $180.

Cancellation policy

There is a $10 per person cancellation fee. No refunds for CLE fee after 30 days prior to the conference date; however, with prior notification you are welcome to send someone else in your place.


The building is located on Rayburn Street, with the nearest cross street being 6th Street.  We recommend you park in lot 19 or 56 north of the building and enter on the ground floor. 

The first 40 arrivals may stop in the Legal Aid Clinic on the ground floor (room 017) to pick up a scratch-off visitor parking pass; later arrivals may pay $2 cash in the Administration Office (room 101) or at the Intermodal Transit Center (across campus at the corner of Sweet Avenue and Railroad Street).  Scratch off the date and place the pass on your dash above your steering wheel.  With this pass, you are permitted to park in gold and red lots, as long as the space does not have a meter and is not marked as being special in anyway (for example reserved, delivery, service vehicle).

After parking, please proceed upstairs one floor to the lobby adjacent to the courtroom for check-in.  All sessions will take place in the courtroom.

For More Information

Please contact Professor Angelique EagleWoman at or
Michelle J. Boese-Empey at


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