AMERICAN INDIAN TREATIES & TEXTS: INTERPRETATION IN THEORY & PRACTICE: A joint offering of the Law School and English Department, this seminar will engage in two key moves: (1) juxtaposing legal and literary works to illuminate key moments in American Indian experience and (2) studying techniques of legal and literary interpretation as a way to understand key texts in both fields. Students will spend the beginning weeks of the semester becoming acquainted with foundational texts, discussing law and literature, and studying modes of interpretation in both fields. They will then select a paper topic that allows them to explore a specific issue as it reflects themes introduced in the seminar. Seminar readings and discussions may cover, for example: evaluating the relationship between the Navajo traditional stories and Navajo customary law; examining Cherokee treaties and the Marshall Trilogy through a novel about the Trail of Tears; or using Louise Erdrich?s novel The Round House to reflect on the Tribal Law and Order Act and Violence Against Women Act. In addition to foundational cases, treaties, statutes, and regulations of federal Indian law, students will read literary works, as well as some of the classics on legal and literary interpretation (e.g., Posner, West, and White) and recent scholarship in the field (Goodman, Razack, Goldberg-Hiller, and Guardiola-Rivera). The seminar will also examine readings on federal Indian law?s canons of construction (Wilkinson, Frickey, and Williams), American Indian literary nationalism (Womack, Warrior, Justice), tribal realism (Teuton), and recently emerging literatures of decolonization (Alfred, Smith), indigenous feminism (Hilden, Huhndorf, Goeman), and LGBTQ2 studies (Rifkin, Finley, Tatonetti) that push the boundaries of settler-colonial paradigms. The seminar will also draw on the research and publications of its two faculty members. We anticipate a lively, inter-disciplinary seminar animated by the expertise of faculty and students from the law school and English department respectively. Students will be well-supported in the selection of the paper topic, development of an outline and bibliography, oral presentation of a draft, and submission of the final paper. Please address any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Special note to law students: This seminar counts toward the American Indian Law Certificate, as well as toward the Law School?s seminar requirement. In addition to the theoretical and interdisciplinary aspects of the seminar, students will have the opportunity to work on analytical skills (e.g., interpretation and application of case law, treaties, statutes, and regulations) and contextual study (e.g., ramifications of the law for American Indian peoples and cultures) of importance to the practice of Indian law. Special note to English and CAS students: This seminar is 3 credit hours, while the Law seminar is 2 credit hours. As such, students registered in ENGL 7179 will have two additional 5-page papers and a longer final seminar paper to complete.