Course Description

Course ID: 
Policy & Regulations
Continuing Education Units: 

Tribal Treaty Law and Off-Reservation Resources is a two-day course addressing Tribal Treaties and Tribal involvement and tools for the protection of natural resources off Indian Reservations.

After an introduction of the historical underpinnings of Federal Indian law, and a basic overview of treaty law, the course will focus on tribal rights for fishing, hunting and water especially as applied off-reservation. Next the discussion will shift to the protection of air and water quality, waste management, and the environmental review process, including as tools to protect off-reservation resources.

The course will examine the growing tribal engagement in off-reservation environmental and resource management conflicts including infrastructure projects such as pipelines.

Finally, we will explore climate change adaptation and mitigation especially with regard to the potential role of tribes. This last topic, in particular, will involve class discussion of options and approaches of interest of the participants.


Attendees will receive a course workbook containing workshop proceedings and reference material.

Intended Audience: 
  • Tribal members and environmental staff to improve their understanding of Treaty rights and tools for protection of resources.
  • State, local and federal officials to better understand how to work with Tribes.
  • Attorneys with interest, but not a great deal of experience in Indian law.
  • Environmental group staff to better understand Tribal rights, powers and options for protecting natural resources.
  • Others who wish to better understand how to work with Tribes and in Indian Country.

Once your order has been placed, you are subject to our cancellation policy regardless of the status of your invoice.

  • 31 days prior to training -> 100% refund
  • 30-16 days prior to training -> 50% refund
  • 15 - start of course -> No refund available

Attendee replacement acceptable at anytime.

Course registration fees and cancellation policy are subject to change without notice.


More Information

Course Topics

Federal Indian law  

  • Tribal Treaty basics
  • Fishing and hunting rights under treaties.
  • Tribal water rights and impacts off-reservation.
  • Air and water quality regulation of sources outside the reservation.
  • Hazardous waste and oil spill cleanups
  • Tribal roles in federal laws including NEPA and ESA
  • Growing tribal citizen protests and cooperation with mainstream green groups.
  • Climate change and tribal involvement.

What to Bring

This course will be held in a virtual classroom as a remote, interactive, live-stream presentation.  Please make sure to provide NWETC with the best mailing address for us to get the course materials to you.

Billing Information

In order to guarantee a space in a course, the tuition must be paid in full TWO WEEKS before the first day of the course by either check or credit card. State and government agencies paying with a purchase order are allowed payment under the two-week time frame if a copy of the purchase order is received by NWETC.

If You Need to Cancel


  • With 31 or more days notice, we will offer a 100% refund or credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With 30-8 days notice, we will offer a course credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With fewer than 8 days notice, there is no course credit available

*Please note that attendee replacement is welcome at any time

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