Federal Indian Law: A Brief Introduction

(1622 Ratings)

Produced on: February 27, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

This overview explains what Federal Indian Law, the various legal sources – including treaties, statutes, executive orders and judicial decisions – on which it is based, and how it guides political and legal relationships between the United States and 568 federally recognized Indian tribes and nations.  

At the heart of Federal Indian Law is the concept of tribal sovereignty: the right of tribes to make their own laws and be ruled by them, subject to the ultimate control of the US government, and to deal with federal officials on a government-to-government basis.  

This presentation, led by attorney Troy Eid,  focuses on essential concepts such as the federal trust responsibility, tribes’ sovereign immunity, and civil and criminal jurisdiction.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand an overview of Federal Indian Law

  2. Identify the array of legal resources Federal Indian Law is based upon

  3. Grasp the concept of “tribal sovereignty”


Faculty

Troy Eid

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Troy A. Eid is a nationally known legal expert on environmental enforcement, investigations and compliance, energy and natural resource development, and Federal Indian law and Native American and Alaska Native tribal law. A former United States Attorney who has served both Republican and Democratic Presidential administrations, and a past state cabinet officer for the State of Colorado, Troy is a trusted public figure in the Rocky Mountain West and Washington, DC, and a familiar face in many federal, state and tribal courtrooms across the country.

Troy, who first joined the firm in 2003, co-founded and co-chairs Greenberg Traurig’s American Indian Law Practice Group, one of the largest and highest-rated legal teams in the United States. A principal shareholder with Greenberg Traurig's Denver office, Troy practices at the trial and appellate level. He has successfully defended clients in some of the largest and highest-profile environmental enforcement actions ever filed by U.S. Department of Justice under the Clean Water Act and other federal laws, as well as in grand jury proceedings. Troy is also frequently sought as a mediator and arbitrator, especially in cases involving Indian tribes and tribal enterprises.

An experienced legal project manager, Troy has coordinated various inter-disciplinary legal and consulting teams in numerous large-scale energy infrastructure projects, including natural gas pipelines, transmission lines, highways and railroads. He specializes in civil and criminal investigations involving petroleum-related leaks and spills, uranium contamination, hazardous waste pollution, asbestos, and other environmental and workplace safety matters, as well as health care and hospital-related regulatory, permitting and compliance projects. Troy is also a recognized authority on Native American cultural resource protection and related government-to-government consultation between tribes and the federal government under the National Historic Preservation Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and other laws.

Troy is well-respected on both sides of the aisle for his professional knowledge and expertise, especially as it relates to energy, natural resource, criminal justice, and other legal and public policy matters concerning the American West.

He served as Colorado’s United States Attorney from 2006-09, appointed by President George W. Bush. From 2010-14, Troy was elected to chair the Indian Law and Order Commission (ILOC), an independent national advisory board created by the Tribal Law and Order Act to advise President Obama and Congress on public safety improvements for all 566 federally recognized Native American and Alaska Native tribes and nations. The ILOC’s landmark 2013 report, A Roadmap for Making Native America Safer, proposes the most sweeping criminal justice reforms in Federal Indian law and policy since the New Deal. Endorsed by the American Bar Association, the ILOC’s Roadmap helped lead to the enactment of the Violence Against Women Act Amendments recognizing tribes’ criminal jurisdiction to prosecute non-Indian perpetrators in domestic violence cases.

A recipient of the Navajo Nation Bar Association’s Member of the Year Award, Troy grew up in Colorado and graduated from Stanford University and the University of Chicago Law School. He clerked for Judge Edith H. Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He has been recognized for distinguished public service by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Secret Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and other federal and state law enforcement agencies. He was also recognized by Law Week Colorado as Colorado Lawyer of Year for representing the seller of the HealthOne hospital system in Colorado, the largest hospital-related transaction ever in the Rocky Mountain West. 

A regular contributor to the national edition of Native American Law360 and other Law360 publications, Troy teaches energy, natural resources, environmental and Federal Indian law as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Denver-Sturm College of Law. He currently serves as an At-Large Member on the Tribal Issues Advisory Board of the United States Sentencing Commission, an independent agency within the Federal judiciary that is assessing the impact of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines in criminal convictions involving Native Americans and Alaska Natives.


Reviews

JM
John A. M.

Outstanding, well organized, adn well presented session. I hope that LawLine and Mr. Eid will do additional CLE presentations on American and Alaska Native legal topics

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Eve L.

Extremely informative and well presented!

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Daniel A.

Very informative

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Gerard M.

very good lecture well done

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Georgette J.

Excellent presenter and content

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John E.

Very interesting and informative.

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Andrew M.

Good overview of the subject matter. Provided a good sense of when Indian Law issues that may come up in everyday practice.

TL
Tara L.

Very informative and well done. It could have been 3 hours and that would have still been interesting.

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richard b.

Fascinating subject; fascinating lecture

DB
David B.

Great and interesting speaker.

LF
Lisa F.

Very interesting information on a unique topic of law not often covered in CLE courses.

DS
David S.

Excellent overview

MW
Miriam W.

Really Excellent content & Presentation!

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Rebecca J.

The material was extremely well presented and covered a wide range of subjects effectively.

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Thomas L.

Great overview!

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Armistead G.

excellent course

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Dennis B.

Great presenter. Well done.

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Christopher M.

Great

MB
Michael B.

Excellent overview by an unquestionable expert. TY

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PATRICIA C.

Very interesting and very clear! I learned a lot.

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Iris S.

Very interesting.

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Elijah M.

VERY WELL DONE. Excellent Presentation.

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Alan L.

Well done

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David T.

Very informative

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Connie A.

Speaker was very good. Interesting topic and wish that this seminar was longer!

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Julie J.

Excellent speaker and very interesting topic. Thank you.

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David C.

After reviewing the 25 courses that were included in the CLE bundle (Illinois) I had purchased, I decided to make this one the last program to view. The speaker was excellent. Great way to wrap up the CLE season.

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Maria A.

well done. Good info on slides.

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Emily E.

Really interesting background and history on a complex area of law.

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Loretta O.

Very interesting

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Mary F.

Excellent presentation!

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Gwen I.

Very interesting & informative.

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Dawn L.

A very eye-opening overview of an area of law with which I was not familiar.

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Blake B.

Not something I'll likely use in practice, but great knowledge to have.

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Richard H.

Very interesting and historical.

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Peter B.

Packed with info and well presented. Thank you.

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Kathleen B.

outstanding introduction.

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Lawrence R. F.

well done presentation

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Frances M.

Excellent coverage and presentation. Learned a lot about totally unfamiliar and interesting subject.

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Jennifer M.

This was a very interesting and very informative program. I would actually watch this again.

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Thomas C.

Excellent presentation. Very knowledgeable, great slides. Best presentation I have ever seen on Lawline.

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Julia R.

Excellent program! Will look for more from this presenter.

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Joseph M.

One of the best.

MW
Mark W.

very interesting, particularly living near Akwesasne

KC
Kate C.

Very Interesting

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Joseph C.

Awesome lecture! Very interesting topic.

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Nicholas A.

It taught me much about a subject I know nothing about.

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Steve G.

Informative

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Mary B.

Excellent presentation!

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Gerardo D.

Informative

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Gahan C.

I loved this program. He did a great job raising potential legal issues. As a government attorney I found this helpful. I would love a more in depth program from him.

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Robert F.

Very informative.

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Gary D.

The presenter gave an excellent historical summary and opened many thoughtful issues for further discussion.

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Kenneth S.

Very Interesting

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Natasha G.

Learned a lot about Indian law

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Trudy H.

This was super interesting.

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Daniel M.

Great programs by Mr. Eid!

DB
Dina B.

The presenter communicated very well - he was enjoyable to listen to.

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margaret t.

Great content and great presenter. Best deck I have seen in a while on lawline

BG
Bradley G.

Well put together...learned some interesting info!

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Mark G.

Great slides

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Mark M.

Very interesting. Excellent presentation. Worth watching a second time.

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laninya c.

EXCELLENT AND VERY INFORMATIVE.

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Claire A.

My first experience with Lawline and I found the course to be informative, as well as interesting.

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Amy B.

Interesting course!

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Roxanne W.

Excellent

JD
John D.

The lecturer was excellent with a limited amount of time to present complex material.

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kurt f.

Very informative about a complex area of law.

DD
Dale D.

Very interesting. Great pictures and diagrams to go with the lecture.

SB
Samantha B.

Great material

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Derek W.

Enjoyed the material.

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Albert A.

Troy Eid is awesome

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Evan S.

One of the best CLE courses I have taken. Great subject matter and presenter.

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Erik G.

Presenter is excellent. Impressed with the quality that LawLine was able to get to present the material.

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Stephen N.

liked the pictures

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Deborah E.

Excellent presentation on a very complex topic.

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mark f.

Troy Eid was excellent.

JH
Jeffrey H.

i liked the presenter's historical perspective

DW
Donna W.

This was a very informative course and gave an excellent historical perspective about the subject matter. The speaker demonstrated tremendous knowledge.

SA
Sharon A.

Interesting information

JW
Jeri W.

Very interesting. I had no idea that Indian law was so complicated

JD
Jeff D.

Best course yet that I have viewed on LawLine

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Stephen S.

thank you

RB
Ronald B.

I thought the commentator was very good.

JD
Jeff D.

Great overview on a fascinating area of law

MB
Michael B.

Excellent.

RP
Randy P.

Excellent introduction to Indian law!

JP
John P.

This was very well-done. A perfect amount of information for a relative newcomer to this area.

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KAREN N.

Very interesting

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Rhonda R.

Mr. Eid is an excellent presenter. I enjoyed his photos.

MW
Mary W.

Excellent intro!

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Walter P.

I thought Mr. Eid really knew his area. I was very impressed.

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Richard S.

Good introduction to new material.

JW
Jayne W.

he is wonderful and very informative. perfect amount of information on the subject.

RC
Richard C.

Excellent presentation. Speaker has a wonderful ability to combine the law with history, so that we understand why the laws exist as they do.

LO
Lisa O.

Very interesting presentation on a subject are entirely new to me. I would definitely recommend this topic.

DJ
David J.

This speaker was one of the best I've ever seen.

RM
Robert M.

Highly informative!

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Allen B.

I've published on American Indian Law, and this was a good overview course.

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Patricia F.

Well articulated.

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Michele W.

Very interesting area of the law. Great intro to Indian law.

MR
Martin R.

Outstanding presentation.

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Kathleen C.

Excellent

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Brian O.

If I ever have an Indian Law question I'm calling this guy. Very sharp. He also knows how to put together an hour long introductory cle without wasting time. Well done.

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Lucia C.

Excellent presenter

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Ken N.

Excellent course, very good speaker, very informative

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Joseph H.

Very interesting

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Michael R.

Excellent content, presentation, use of time.

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Julie A. B.

Speaker offers a meaty historical synopsis of federal Indian law in this dynamic, detail-packed presentation.

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Jimmy M.

Very good presentation

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Debra J.

Outstanding representation. Very knowledgeable!

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