Indian Gaming and Tribal Self-Governance

Indian Gaming and Tribal Self-Governance

ASU Law is the first law school in the United States to offer programs focused in both Indian Gaming and Tribal Self-Governance as part of its Indian Legal Program. 

Tribal initiatives have successfully addressed challenges that echo from repudiated federal policies. ASU Law is supporting those tribal initiatives by developing advanced degree programs focused on Indian gaming and Tribal-Self Governance for professionals who desire an advanced, concentrated curriculum in these areas.  

The Indian Gaming and Tribal Self-Governance programs will equip professionals with a background in federal Indian law and comprehensive courses designed to help graduates seamlessly integrate into the job of their choice.

The programs will be offered as a degree emphasis in the Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree program and Master of Laws (LLM) degree program.


Master of Laws (LLM)

The Indian Gaming Program is anticipated to provide an in-depth curriculum focused on the legal developments that led to Indian gaming, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA), the role of tribal and federal regulatory agencies, tribal-state compacts, intergovernmental-agreements, and evolving trends in Indian gaming. 

The Tribal Self-Governance Program is anticipated to include courses focused on Federal Indian Policy, the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, planning for assumption of federal programs, strategic planning, management and administration, negotiation of contracts and compacts with the Federal government, the HEARTH Act, and evolving trends in Tribal self-governance.

Graduates may serve as in-house counsel, senior or mid-level executives for tribes or tribal entities, tribal elected officials responsible for overseeing these aspects of their tribal operations and other professionals with careers that intersect with these areas such as congressional staff, and federal, state and local employees.

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Lawrence Roberts
Lawrence Roberts

Professor of Practice and Executive Director,
Indian Gaming and Tribal Self-Governance

Ann Bledsoe-Downes
Ann Marie Bledsoe Downes

Indian Gaming and Tribal Self-Governance