ERIC Number: ED107422
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Indian Tribes as Governments. An Analysis of Governing Institutions of Selected Indian Tribes: Report on a Research Project Conducted by a Team of Indian Lawyers and Law Students--June through August, 1974.
Parker, Alan; And Others
Study objectives were to assess the status of a representative number of American Indian tribal governments and to share that information with other members of the national Indian community. Sixteen Indian law students, assisted by 8 Indian lawyers, worked on 17 different Indian reservations during the summer of 1974. Generally working on their own reservations, students performed an objective and systematic evaluation of each tribal government, assisted tribal governments in forming remedial objectives, and prepared substantive research reports. The research reports focused on the following areas: (1) tribal governing structure; (2) economic development of tribal resources and the tribal governing structure; (3) tribal court structure; (4) administration of governing services; (5) relationship of tribal government structure to the Bureau of Indian Affairs; and (6) the Indian Civil Rights Act and the Federal Government. While specific recommendations proved unrealistic due to the diverse complexity of individual tribes, broad recommendations included: (1) establishment of a tribal resource center for purposes of providing technical assistance in developing and exercising governing powers and (2) development of evaluation standards by which various agencies and individual tribal governments might be effectively evaluated. (JC)
Descriptors: Administration, Agency Role, American Indian Reservations, American Indians, Court Role, Economic Development, Evaluation, Federal Government, Federal Legislation, Governmental Structure, Graduate Students, Law Students, Lawyers, Legal Education, Natural Resources, Relationship, Tribes
Director of Special Projects, American Indian Lawyers Training Program, Inc., 1000 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007 ($5.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Indian Lawyer Training Program, Inc., Washington, DC.; John Hay Whitney Foundation, New York, NY.