Montana State University

NASX 530-801: Federal Indian Law and Policy

Jan 13-May 06, 2016
Credit: 3 graduate
Cost: $835.50
Instructor(s) Erin Koester Tusell

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Course Description

Earn an on-line NAS Graduate Certificate

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 476


Erin Koester Tusell, PhD.
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.


Bachelor’s degree

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

 Program Fee $25.50
 Computer Fee$10.50
 Distributed Learning Fee$0.00

A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.

The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.

A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).

To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.

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
    ISBN: 978-1599417295
    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

  • Computer running Windows XP Service Pack 3 or newer or Mac OS X.5 (Leopard) or higher
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Internet access

For More Information

For course information: Erin Koester Tusell, Registration Questions: Extended University, Office of Continuing Education, (406) 994-6683, toll free (866)540-5660,

There is a minimum enrollment for this course and if not met, the course may be cancelled and fees fully refunded. For complete information on administrative polices

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