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American Indian Law Review

The American Indian Law Review serves as a nationwide scholarly forum for analysis of developments in legal issues pertaining to Native Americans and indigenous peoples worldwide. 

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Who We Are

The American Indian Law Review serves as a nationwide scholarly forum for analysis of developments in legal issues pertaining to Native Americans and indigenous peoples worldwide. Publishing two issues each year, AILR circulates in-depth articles by legal scholars, attorneys and other expert observers. In addition, the Review provides comments and notes written by student members and editors on a variety of Indian law-related topics.

Every spring AILR hosts one of the nation’s largest symposia on Native American law, in partnership with OU’s Native American Studies Department and the Native American Law Students Association. AILR also sponsors an annual Indian law writing competition, which is open to currently enrolled law students throughout the United States and Canada. The top three entries are awarded cash prizes and the first place entry is published in the Review.

Founded in 1973 by an enterprising group of students, AILR consistently boasts a diverse membership dedicated to the study of Native American law. Approximately fifty OU Law students participate in AILR each academic year.

What's New at AILR

The American Indian Law Review's newest issue, vol. 44, no. 1, was published in March and is now available in PDF format at the Current Issues page. This issue features the article “How the New Deal Became a Raw Deal for Indian Nations: Justice Stanley Reed and the Tee-Hit-Ton Decision on Indian Title,” by Professor Kent McNeil. Also featured are two student comments: "Keeping Cultural Bias Out of the Courtroom: How ICWA 'Qualified Expert Witnesses' Make a Difference," by Elizabeth Low, and "Being Uighur . . . with “Chinese Characteristics”: Analyzing China’s Legal Crusade Against Uighur Identity," by Brennan Davis; and two student notes, "United States v. Bryant: The Results of Upholding Women’s Rights and Tribal Sovereignty," by Madalynn Martin, and "What Are the Odds? The Potential for Tribal Control of Sports Gambling After Murphy v. NCAA," by Haley Maynard.  Finally, the issue features the winning paper in the 2018-19 AILR national writing competition, "Thickening the Thin Blue Line in Indian Country: Affirming Tribal Authority to Arrest Non-Indians," by Alex Treiger.

The AILR has chosen new editors to serve for the 2020-2021 academic year.  They are: Editor-in-Chief: Drew Rader; Managing Editor: Andie Netherland; Executive Editor: Elizabeth Hampton; Business Development Editor: Allie Crawley; Articles Development Editor: Derek Gilliam; Assistant Executive Editors: Rachel Williams, Annie Richard-Davis, Heath Albert, Alexa Ryel, and Kayla Molina; Assistant Managing Editors: Ty Gilmore, Braden Mason, Kate Ricart, and Meghan O’Connor.

The deadline has passed for entries in the 2019-2020 American Indian Law Review national writing competition. Three cash prizes will be awarded, including $1,000 for first place. See the Writing Competition page for an announcement of the results, which will be posted on or before May 1, 2020.

Serving on the American Indian Law Review editorial board for 2019-2020 are: Editor-in-Chief: Ridge C. Howell; Managing Editor: Madalynn Martin; Executive Editor: Allison Christian; Articles Development Editor: Kendall McCoy; Business Development Editor: Logan Blackmore; Assistant Executive Editors: Haley Maynard, Patricia Scott, Matthew Irby, Brennan Davis, and Elizabeth Low; Assistant Managing Editors: Tanner Boyd, Ope Adegbuyi, Fox Whitworth, and Joshua Cole; Research Editors: Emily Isbill, Josh Jacobson, and Ope Adegbuyi; Competitions Editor: Ogeoma Mbaraonye.

Vol. 43, no. 2 of the AILR is also available in PDF format at the Current Issues page. This issue features the article “California Indian Tribes and the Marine Life Protection Act: The Seeds of a Partnership to Preserve Natural Resources,” by Curtis G. Berkey & Scott W. Williams. Also featured in this issue is the winning appellate brief in the 2019 Native American Law Student Association Moot Court Competition, plus a selection of student comments and notes.

How to Contact Us

Ridge Howell, Editor-in-Chief: ridge.howell@ou.edu, (405) 325-2840

Michael Waters, Editorial Advisor: mwaters@ou.edu, (405) 325-5191

The American Indian Law Review is dedicated to publishing scholarly work in the field of federal Indian law and issues affecting indigenous peoples. The editorial board consists of law students, not licensed attorneys, and cannot provide legal advice. For assistance with legal issues please contact your local legal aid society.

AILR may be contacted by regular mail at: American Indian Law Review, University of Oklahoma College of Law, 300 Timberdell Road, Norman, OK 73019

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