July 20, 2009

Law professor to build Native American law program in Idaho

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Native American attorney Angelique EagleWoman has started a program in Native American law at the University of Idaho, joining only a handful of such programs nationwide. While 35 states have sovereign, independent tribal nations within their boundaries, few of those states require lawyers who practice in them to understand Native American law, writes Jessie L. Bonner of the Associated Press.

EagleWoman is hoping her program, which is open to non-law students as well, will eventually become a full-fledged degree. Only three states, Washington, New Mexico and South Dakota, currently include Native American law on the list of subjects covered on the bar exam.

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