You may not plan on practicing in areas typically associated with Indian tribes, such as environmental law or civil rights law, but an awareness of Indian law may come in handy nonetheless. For example, if you practice family law or work as an assistant attorney general for the state, the Indian Child Welfare Act may impact your dependency cases.
If you practice intellectual property law or otherwise work with artists, knowledge of the Indian Arts & Crafts Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, the Archaeological Resources Protection Act, and the Native American Graves Repatriation Act, may also prove useful.
Here are a few primers on Indian law to get you started:
- American Indian Law Research Guide
- Native American Law Research Guide
- Researching Indian Law
- American Indian Law
National Indian Law Library.