Associate Professor of Law, Director, Native American Law Program
College of Law
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2321
Moscow, ID 83844-2321
- B.S., University of British Columbia, Combined Honours in Geography and Geology
- M.S., University of Idaho, Water Resources (Science & Engineering)
- J.D., University of Idaho (magna cum laude), Emphasis in Native American Law, Natural Resources & Environmental Law
Dylan R. Hedden-Nicely, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, is associate professor of law and head of the College of Law's Native American Law Program.
Professor Hedden-Nicely teaches a variety of courses, including Native American law, Native American natural resources law, tribal nation economics & law, and civil procedure. His research interests include Native American natural resources and water law, tribal treaty rights, tribal civil and regulatory jurisdiction, water rights law, the interrelationship of law and science with applications to natural resources law, tribal economic development and tribal governance, as well the under-representation of Native people in the legal profession.
Professor Hedden-Nicely graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law, magna cum laude, with an emphasis in Native American law, as well as in natural resources & environmental law. Concurrently, Professor Hedden-Nicely earned a master's degree in water resources (science & engineering). His thesis focused on the development of a systems dynamics based water balance model to assess the impact of the physical and anthropogenic constraints placed upon Coeur d'Alene Lake in North Idaho.
After law school, Hedden-Nicely joined Howard Funke & Associates, a Native American-owned law firm that focuses exclusively on the representation of American Indian tribes. While in private practice, Hedden-Nicely focused on litigation and negotiation of issues related to Native American natural resources and water rights. Professor Hedden-Nicely represented the Coeur d’Alene Tribe in the Coeur d’Alene-Spokane River Basin Adjudication, a general stream adjudication to determine the nature, extent, and priority of all water rights in the Coeur d’Alene-Spokane River Basin. He is currently chairman of the Idaho State Bar Indian Law Section and sits on the Governing Council of the Northwest Indian Bar Association. He continues to consult with tribes on issues related to Native American natural resources and water rights.
- Board Member, Arizona Transformative Law and Justice Center
- Vice-Chair, Governing Council, Northwest Indian Bar Association.
- Consultant, Idaho Tribal-State Court Forum.
- Pro tem Justice, Coeur d’Alene Appellate Court.
- Native American natural resources law
- Water law
- Tribal treaty rights
- Tribal civil and regulatory jurisdiction
- Law and science
- Tribal economic development
- Tribal governance
- Native people in the legal profession.