Sarah Krakoff

Professor of Law, Wolf-Nichol Fellowship
Natural Resources Law; Civil Procedure; Indian Law

University of Colorado Law School
407 Wolf Law Building
401 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309-0401
Office: 407
Phone: (303) 492-2641

Curriculum Vitae:  View (PDF format)

Educational Background:
J.D.   University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall   1991  
B.A.   Yale University   1986   cum laude
Professor Krakoff teaches and writes in the areas of American Indian law and natural resources law. Her publications include "American Indian Law: Cases and Commentary," (with Robert Anderson, Bethany Berger and Phil Frickey), "Tribes, Land and Environment," (co-edited with Ezra Rosser) and numerous articles and book chapters. Her article examining the effects of federal law on the Navajo Nation's exercise of sovereignty, "A Narrative of Sovereignty: Illuminating the Paradox of the Domestic Dependent Nation," received the Jules Millstein Faculty Writing Award at the University of Colorado Law School in 2006 and has been cited in several federal district court opinions. Professor Krakoff has also written about environmental ethics, public lands, and global warming. Her current projects include a book (currently titled "Parenting the Planet,") about the different stages of the human relationship to nature. When Professor Krakoff first came to the Law School, she was the Director of the American Indian Law Clinic, supervising students in a range of federal Indian and tribal law matters. She succeeded in securing permanent University funding for the Clinic before moving to non-clinical teaching in 1999. Before coming to Colorado, Professor Krakoff was awarded an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to work on the Navajo Nation as Director of the Youth Law Project for DNA-People's Legal Services. Professor Krakoff clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for Judge Warren J. Ferguson from 1992-93, and received her J.D. from Boalt Hall, U.C. Berkeley, in 1991 and her B.A. from Yale University in 1986.

Published Books

American Indian Law: Cases and Commentary, Anderson, Berger, Krakoff & Frickey (3d Ed., 2015).
Tribes, Land and Environment, Sarah Krakoff & Ezra Rosser, eds, (Ashgate 2012).
American Indian Law: Cases and Commentary, Robert Anderson, Bethany Berger, Philip Fricky & Sarah Krakoff (Thomson/West, 2d ed. 2010).


Law, Violence, and the Neurotic Structure of American Indian Law, 49 Wake Forest L. Rev. 743 (2014).
Constitutional Concern, Membership, and Race, 9 Florida International L. Rev. 295 (2014).
Settler Colonialism and Reclamation: Where American Indian Law and Natural Resources Law Meet, 24 Colo. Nat. Resources, Energy & Envtl. L. Rev. 261 (2013).
Planetarian Identity Formation and the Relocalization of Environmental Law, 64 Fla. L. Rev. 87 (2012).
Inextricably Political: Race, Membership and Tribal Sovereignty, 87 Washington Law Review 1041 (2012).
Radical Adaptation, Justice and American Indian Nations, 4 Environmental Justice 207 (2011).
The Last Indian Raid in Kansas: Context, Colonialism, and Philip P. Frickey's Contributions to American Indian Law, 98 Cal. L. Rev. 1253 (2010) (Tribute Issue in Honor of Philip P. Frickey).
Tribal Civil Jurisdiction over Nonmembers: A Practical guide for Judges, 81 Colorado Law Review 1187 (2010).
When and How to Analyze Climate Change under the National Environmental Policy Act (with Stuart C. Gillespie), 2010, No. 4, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute Paper (Oct., 2010).
Afterthoughts from a "Buzz Killer", 32 Am. Ind. L. Rev. 151 (2007-2008) (Conference Transcript: The New Realism: The Next Generation of Scholarship in Federal Indian Law) (2008).
American Indians, Climate Change, and Ethics for a Warming World, 85 Denv. U. L. Rev. 865 (2008).
Conference Transcript: The New Realism: The Next Generation of Scholarship in Federal Indian Law (Taxation and Economic Development), 32 Am. Ind. L. Rev. 97 (2008).
Keeping an Eye on the Golden Snitch: Implications of the Interdisciplinary Approach in the Fourth Generation of Natural Resources Law Casebooks, 78 U. Colo. L. Rev. 751 (2007).
The Renaissance of Tribal Sovereignty, the Negative Doctrinal Feedback Loop, and the Rise of a New Exceptionalism, 119 Harv. L. Rev. F. 47 (2006).
The Virtues and Vices of Sovereignty, 38 Conn. L. Rev. 797 (2006).
A Narrative of Sovereignty: Illuminating the Paradox of the Domestic Dependent Nation, 83 Or. L. Rev. 1109 (2005).
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Our Common Future, 53 Buff. L. Rev. 925 (2005).
City of Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation: A Regretful Postscript to the Taxation Chapter in Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law, 41 Tulsa L. Rev. 5 (2005).
Settling the Wilderness, 75 Univ. of Colorado Law Review 1159 (2004).
Mountains Without Handrails -- Wilderness Without Cell Phones, 27 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. 417 (2003).
Undoing Indian Law One Case at a Time: Judicial Minimalism and Tribal Sovereignty, 50 Am. U. L. Rev. 1177 (2001).
Does "Law and Literature" Survive Lawyerland?, 101 Colum. L. Rev. 1742 (2001).
Indian Child Welfare Act: Keeping Families Together and Minimizing Litigation, 30 Colorado Lawyer 81 (2001).

Book Chapters

Sustainability and Justice, in Rethinking Sustainability to Meet the Climate Change Challenge, Jessica Owley & Keith H. Hirokawa, Eds., 199-227 (Eli, 2015).
Krakoff (with Jon-Daniel Lavallee), Natural Resource Development and Indigenous Peoples, in Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: The Search for Legal Remedies 199 (Randall S. Abate ed., 2013).
Parenting the Planet, in The Ethics of Global Climate Change 145, Denis G. Arnold, ed. (Cambridge U. Press, 2011).
Mark the Plumber v. Tribal Empire, or Non-Indian Anxiety v. Tribal Sovereignty?: The Story of Oliphant v. Suquamish Indian Tribe, in Indian Law Stories 261, C. Goldberg, K. Washburn & P. Frickey, eds. (Foundation Press, 2011).
Ethical Perspectives on Resources Law and Policy: Global Warming and Our Common Future, in The Evolution of Natural Resources Law and Policy 29 (Lawrence J. MacDonnell & Sarah F. Bates eds., 2010).
Healing the West with Taxes: The Navajo Nation and the Enactment of Sovereignty, in Remedies for a New West: Healing Landscapes, Histories and Cultures, Patricia Nelson Limerick, Andrew Cowell & Sharon K. Collinge, eds. (U. of Arizona Press) (2009).
Repairing Reparations in the American Indian Nation Context, (with Kristen Carpenter) in "Reparations to Indigenous Peoples in Comparative and International Law," Oxford University Press (2008).
Tribal Sovereignty and Environmental Justice, in (Bryner, Kenney and Mutz, eds.) Justice and Natural Resources (2001).


Fall 2016 Foundations of Natural Resources Law and Policy LAWS 6112-001
Spring 2016 Advanced Topics in American Indian Law LAWS 8725-001
Fall 2015 Civil Procedure LAWS 5303-803
Fall 2015 American Indian Law I LAWS 7725-001
Spring 2015 American Indian Law II LAWS 7735-001
Spring 2015 Advanced Natural Resources Law LAWS 8112-001
Fall 2014 Civil Procedure LAWS 5303-803
Fall 2012 Foundations of Natural Resources Law and Policy LAWS 6112-002
Fall 2012 American Indian Law I LAWS 7725-001