The American Indian Law Review serves as a nationwide scholarly forum for analysis of developments in legal issues pertaining to Native Americans and indigenous peoples worldwide.  Adhering to the traditional law review format, the Review offers in-depth articles by legal scholars, attorneys and other expert observers. In addition, the Review offers comments and notes written by student members and editors on a wide variety of Indian law-related topics. 

Each year the American Indian Law Review sponsors the American Indian Law Writing Competition, which is open to currently enrolled law students throughout the United States and Canada. The top three entries are awarded cash prizes and the first place entry is published in the Review.


Vol. 41, no. 1 of the American Indian Law Review has been published and is now available in PDF format at the Current Issue page.  

The following students were chosen in March to serve on the American Indian Law Review's editorial board for 2017-2018: Editor-in-Chief: Abby Henderson; Managing Editor: Walter Mengden; Executive Editor: Brody Hinds; Articles Development Editor: Olivia Glazner; Business Development Editor: Tiffany Guillot; Assistant Managing Editors: Austin Rabon, Ashley Helberg, Kelly Bergin, and Jake Ingle; Assistant Executive Editors: Victoria Bautista, Matthew Craig, Nathan Lobaugh, Bryan Lynch, and Jacob Laughlin.

Judging of entries for the American Indian Law Review 2016-2017 national writing competition is currently in progress. The first, second, and third prize winners will be announced approximately May 1.


Case Analysis

Flute v. United States, 808 F.3d 1234 (10th Cir. 2015)

The case of Flute v. United States arose due to an unprovoked attack by the United States Army on a group of unarmed Indians in 1864.  This attack later became known as the Sand Creek Massacre since it resulted in the deaths of many Indians, including women and children.  After the attack, the United States government publicly acknowledged its role in the attack and agreed to pay reparations to survivors of the massacre, but these reparations were never paid.



  • The American Indian Law Review is dedicated to publishing scholarly work in the field of federal Indian law and issues affecting indigenous peoples. The editorial board consists of law students, not licensed attorneys, and cannot provide legal advice. For assistance with legal issues please contact your local legal aid society. 

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