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.


An article from the American Indian Law Review's next issue, vol. 39, no. 2, is now availble online.  The article, "When a Tribal Entity Becomes a Nation: The Role of Politics in the Shifting Federal Recognition Regulations," by Lorinda Riley, can be read in PDF format at the Current Issue page.

Deadline for entering the American Indian Law Review 2015-2016 national writing competition is January 29, 2016. Three cash prizes will be awarded. See the Writing Competition page for rules and other details.

Vol. 39, 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 are serving on the American Indian Law Review's editorial board for 2015-2016: Editor-in-Chief: Mallory Irwinsky; Managing Editor: Abbi Slaton; Executive Editor: Stephen Bergren; Articles Development Editor: Leslie Wesberry, Jr.; Business Development Editor: Jonathan Wedel; Article Editors: R. Mitchell McGrew and Trey Brannum; Note and Comment Editors: Selby Rains, Melinda Smith, Joel Pruitt, and Taymoor Pilehvar; Special Features Editor: Jacob Daniel; Special Projects Editor: Jeffrey Hendrickson; Research Editors: Ryan Haynie, Kerstie Moran, and Lauren Myers; Symposium Editor: Jarrod Gamble; and Writing Competition Editor: Marcelo Pendleton. 

Case Analysis

United States v. Zepeda, 10-10131, 2013 WL 5273093 (9th Cir. Sept. 19, 2013).

In United States v. Zepeda, the defendant drove to the victim’s home on the Ak-Chin Reservation in Arizona, and opened fire on the people within.  He seriously injured one person, and was charged and convicted of conspiracy to commit assault, assault with a deadly weapon, and use of a firearm during a crime of violence.  The defendant was alleged to be an “Indian” in the indictment. See PDF for complete summary.



  • 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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