Jan 10-May 04, 2018
Credit: 3 undergraduate
Tuition & Fees: $796.80
Instructor(s): Erin Koester Tusell

Course Description

This course will cover some of the most important issues affecting American Indian lives and livelihoods, the histories of these issues from a legal perspective, and the generations of actors who have pursued and continue to pursue resolution of these issues through legal, legislative, and other means.


Please note that syllabus is tentative and subject to changes before course begins.

Meeting Place and Times

Online – co-convenes with NASX 530


Erin Koester Tusell.
Erin Koester Tusell has a master’s degree in Native American Studies from Montana State University. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Art History and American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona as well as a certification in Photography at Speos, Paris Photographic Institute. Her research at MSU focused on Native American Studies in public schools and the legislation, policy, and politics surrounding this topic. She has continued working in Education and presents on Native American Studies at local conferences and professional development seminars for teachers.


NASX 105, and Junior standing

Time Commitment:

10-12 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

Required Books/Materials

  • Cases and Materials on Federal Indian Law
    Edition: 6th Edition, 2011
    Author(s): Getches, David H., Charles Wilkinson, Robert Williams, Jr., and Matthew Fletcher.
    Publisher: West, St. Paul
    ISBN: 978-0314200372
    Price new: around $200 (used, from around $100)
    This book can be purchased on
  • Indian Law Stories
    Edition: 1st, 2010
    Author(s): Goldberg, Carole E., Kevin K. Washburn, and Philip P. Frickey
    Publisher: Foundation Press, Eagan, MN
    Price new: $40
    This book can be purchased on
  • Unearthing Indian Land: Living With the Legacies of Allotment
    Edition: 1st, 2008
    Author(s): Ruppel, Kristin T.
    Publisher: The University of Arizona Press, Tucson
    ISBN: 978-0816527113
    Price new: $30
    This book can be purchased on

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

For More Information

For course information: Erin Koester Tusell,

How to Register

Call the Office of Continuing Education at (406) 994-6683 or toll free (866) 540-5660.