Indigenous Peoples Law Webinar - Sept. 28, 2017

October 4, 2017 | By Melissa Caperton, Director of Communications

OU Law Professors Lindsay Robertson, Taiawagi Helton and Stephen Greetham discussed the impact of a recent 10th Circuit decision on Indian Country in Oklahoma in a webinar that aired Sept. 28, 2017.

"Congress Has Not Disestablished the Creek Reservation - Tenth Circuit Court Decision: What Does This Mean for Indian Country in Oklahoma?" is available below. The webinar grabbed the attention of 170 viewers from around the country, and demand continues after it has ended. The program was organized by OU Law's Master of Legal Studies in Indigenous Peoples Law program.

The OU College of Law provides an ideal environment for the study of Native American law and issues concerning indigenous peoples. In addition to the M.L.S. in Indigenous Peoples Law, the college offers a J.D. certificate in Native American Law and an LL.M. in Indigenous Peoples Law.

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