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286.51 sec. 001 - Federal Indian Law Writing Seminar (Fall 2020)

Instructor: Seth Davis  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
Instructor: Anthony Michael Platt  
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded

Due to COVID-19, this class is remote for Fall 2020.
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


Th 08:00 AM - 09:50 AM
Location: Internet/Online
From August 20, 2020
To November 20, 2020

Course Start: August 20, 2020
Course End: November 20, 2020
Class Number: 32953

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 26
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 26
As of: 12/07 09:41 AM

This seminar will teach fundamental concepts and doctrines of Federal Indian Law through an applied project focused upon how UC Berkeley and local missions have preserved thousands of Native ancestors in violation of long-held funerary practices. Students will work closely with the instructor on archival research into the history of salvage archaeology at UC Berkeley and the history of mass burials at California missions. They will learn about doctrines of Federal Indian Law, including those such as plenary power, the Indian trust doctrine, and NAGPRA, that bear upon the problem of salvage archaeology of Native ancestors and the taking of Native belongings. Students will also learn about California state laws, including CalNAGPRA, which affect California Native Nations. In addition, students will learn about the histories of California’s Native Nations, including the histories of colonialism in California. Finally, students will learn how to carry out ethically responsible research that affects Native Nations. Students will write an Option 1 paper.

Real-time attendance at the first Zoom class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This is an Option 1 class; two Option 1 classes fulfill the J.D. writing requirement.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Public Law and Policy

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Required Books are in blue

  • A Third Way: Decolonizing the Laws of Indigenous Cultural Protection
    Hillary M. Hoffmann & Monte Mills
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    ISBN: 9781108710923
    e-Book Available: Yes
    e-Book procurement note:
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $34.99
    Price Source: user provided
  • Grave Matters: Excavating California's Buried Past
    Tony Platt
    Edition: 2011
    Publisher: Heyday
    ISBN: 9781597141628
    e-Book Available: No
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 19.00
    Price Source: user provided
  • Mastering American Indian Law
    Angelique Wambdi EagleWoman & Stacy L. Leeds
    Edition: Second Edition
    Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
    ISBN: 9781611638967
    e-Book Available: Yes
    e-Book procurement note:
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 33.00
    Price Source: user provided

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