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Native American Tribal Law: The Navajo Nation as a Case Study

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Produced on February 27, 2017

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Course Information

Time 1h
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

As self-governing political entities predating the U.S. Constitution, Indian tribes retain the inherent sovereignty to, in the words of the U.S. Supreme Court, “make their own laws and be ruled by them.” There are 568 federally recognized tribes, nations, pueblos and Rancherias in the United States, each with its own unique laws, history and culture.  

This presentation, led by attorney Troy Eid, uses the Navajo Nation – the largest tribal homeland in the country, spanning nearly 16 million acres  and extending into three states – to explore how one Native nation governs its land and citizens and interacts with federal and state laws and institutions.   

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the Navajo Nation as a case study for how all recognized tribes, nations, pueblos and Rancherias in the US operate

  2. Identify how Navajo lands and citizens are governed

  3. Recognize how the Navajo Nation interacts with Federal and State laws

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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.


Michael G.

unique and informative!

Ubeyd R.

Very interesting and fantastic presenter. I wish all CLE was like this.

Michele M.

Not very much substantive information.

Lisa J.

Really enjoyed this course. I was exposed to many new things.

Lacey C.

Excellent session.

Aryn C.

One of the most interesting CLEs I have ever taken.

Christina Z.

Interesting material

Jacob L.

A fascinating introduction. I wonder how this translates to other native people and their conceptualization of the law.

Jerome L.

Very interesting!

Linda H.

Excellent! Best Course on Lawline!

Jeannine R.

Great background at the beginning

Nina K.

This was one of the BEST Lawline classes I have heard. Eid was personable, smart, compassionate, and supremely knowledgeable. He took a topic that few lawyers ever encounter and made it accessible and interesting. Great personal touch by including his own photographs.

Michael P.

Extremely interesting and informative! Good presentation!

Morse G.

Wonderful lecture. Excellent lecturer. Bravo.

Andrew E.

Really interesting talk

Minha J.

This was very informative and interesting, I appreciate the historical context.

Benjamin M.

This was a really interesting course. I was inspired to learn more on this subject by the talented instructor.

Robert R.

very well done

Steven O.

Very good.

Carl R.

This was my favorite Lawline course. I can tell how much respect and love the presenter had for the Navajo culture. Thank you.

Jay Z.

Very interesting presentation, nicely delivered.

Henry V.

Outstanding overview!

Siobhan C.

Fascinating and relevant. We have much to learn from the Navajo nation.

Julie G.

Really interesting. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

Frederick H.

Very interesting area and great presenter.

Ray P.

This guy was very good. I enjoyed his inclusion of Navaho terminology, history, culture, and the comparisons of Navaho and Anglo legal systems.

Georgette J.

Fascinating content and presenter!

Brandon D.

Great presenter. Lots of interesting information.

Nancy J.

Loved the info about Navajo culture and law.

Julia R.

excellent course

Katherine S.

An eye opening class.

Stacy A.

Very interesting, thank you.

Randy P.

Very educational and interesting!

Jay H.

Excellent presentation.

Richard C.

Wonderful course, with excellent background information concerning the Navajo Nation. There are also a lot of things that we can learn from the Navajo, concerning how to live our own lives and conduct our relationships with others.

Jayne W.

i will watch ever presentation by him - great information presented with true respect for the culture.

John G.

Would like more from him.

David J.

Terrific expert in this area of law.

Lori W.

Very well done... this is a fascinating area of law.

Christopher C.

Wonderfully informative on a subject I knew very little about. Thank you.

Kathleen C.


James V.

Very interesting, especially contrasting the Navajo and U.S. legal systems and their bases.

Michael R.

This course far exceeded my expectations, was packed with enough information for a three hour course, Troy Eid uses time very well in a very engaging and entertaining way, and this material inspires me to learn much more about Navajo history, culture, and law. I will take any course Troy teaches, and I encourage Lawline to request that he prepare more. This course may be the best of 20+ Lawline courses I've taken.

Julie A. B.

Speaker has an appreciable depth of understanding of this unique subject matter and lectures with a consciousness for his listener. The program addresses a topic that may be foreign to most practitioners and makes it accessible. A nicely-balanced lesson; clearly and compellingly voiced.

Jeffery T.

Thank you for this fortifying contrast of comparative values as expressed in law. Perhaps the most inspiration CLE presentation I have attended in almost 30 years of practicing law.

Jimmy M.

Excellent presenter

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