Coeur d’Alene Tribe Gives $5,000 to Idaho’s Native Law

Friday, February 3 2012


By Donna Emert

MOSCOW, Idaho – In honor of a shared commitment to education, the Coeur d' Alene Tribe has donated $5,000 to the University of Idaho College of Law in support of its Native American Law program.

The donation provides students in the Native Law program with travel funds to participate for the first time in the Federal Bar Association’s Indian Law Conference, to take place in New Mexico this April. It also will help support the College's annual Native Law Conference, this year focused on Tribal Courts, scheduled in March. The monies also will be used to underwrite publication costs of student recruitment brochures on the Native Law program.

“I am deeply honored by this donation by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and appreciate this acknowledgement of the University of Idaho Native Law program’s impact in the region,” said Angelique EagleWoman, coordinator of the Native Law program.

In the award letter sent to professor EagleWoman, Tribal Chairman Chief Allan stressed the tribe's commitment to supporting education: “Idaho's students are key to the continued success of our state, which is why we have invested so heavily in educating them,” wrote Allan on behalf of the council. “We applaud you for the wonderful work you do each day to prepare our future leaders for success, and we are proud and honored to support your efforts.”

Allan noted that as part of their 1992 gaming compact with the State of Idaho, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe insisted on returning five percent of its net gaming revenues to education. Since then, he said, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe has donated more than $17 million and counting to education, including this donation to the University of Idaho Native Law program.

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe currently is working with the university to develop an externship program that will allow law students the opportunity to work within the tribal court system and on other tribal law issues.

“We have been impressed with the University of Idaho College of Law and their commitment to developing a Native American Law program,” Allan added. “We have interns and employees who have benefitted from the University of Idaho’s Native Law program. Professor Angelique EagleWoman has done a wonderful job starting this program and getting it running, and we hope it will continue to flourish.”

The University of Idaho College of Law program provides law students with a foundation in Tribal Law, Federal Indian Law and the intersection of State Law. For more information about the program, visit: www.uidaho.edu/law/academics/areasofstudy/nativelaw.
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