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American Indian Law Review

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. 

2021-2022 National Writing Competition Rules

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Who We Are

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. Publishing two issues each year, AILR circulates in-depth articles by legal scholars, attorneys and other expert observers. In addition, the Review provides comments and notes written by student members and editors on a variety of Indian law-related topics.

Every spring AILR hosts one of the nation’s largest symposia on Native American law, in partnership with OU’s Native American Studies Department and the Native American Law Students Association. AILR also sponsors an annual 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.

Founded in 1973 by an enterprising group of students, AILR consistently boasts a diverse membership dedicated to the study of Native American law. Approximately fifty OU Law students participate in AILR each academic year.

What's New at AILR

Vol. 45, no. 2 of the AILR was published in September and is now available in PDF format at the Current Issues page. This issue features the article, "The Tribal Right to Exclude Others from Indian-Owned Lands," by Alex Tallchief Skibine. Also featured are two student comments: "Impact of the Coronavirus and Federal Responses on Indigenous Peoples’ Health, Security, and Sovereignty," by Libby Smith, and "The Continued Persecution of the Kurdish People in Turkey", by James L. Crawford; and two student notes, "State v. Nobles: Chance to Settle Needless Jurisdictional Turbulence,'" by Kaylee Snyder, and "The Supreme Court of Washington’s Broad Interpretation of the “Reason To Know” Standard in In Re Dependency of Z.J.G. and Why a Uniform, Broad Interpretation of the Standard Will Lead to Better Outcomes," by Dylan Hartsook.  Concluding this issue is the winning appellate brief in the 2021 Native American Law Student Association Moot Court Competition, by Eric Rolston and Polina Noskova.

Rules have been posted for the American Indian Law Review's 2021-2022 national writing competition.  Prize amounts have been raised this year to $1,500 for first place, $750 for second place, and $400 for third place.  See the Writing Competition page for details.

Serving as AILR editors for the 2021-2022 academic year are: Editor-in-Chief: Ashley Murphy; Managing Editor: Libby Smith; Executive Editor: Taryn Chubb; Business Development Editor: Lucas Meacham; Articles Development Editor: Mikaela Barns; Assistant Executive Editors: Dylan Hartsook, Kaylee Snyder, Grant Lowry, and James Crawford; Assistant Managing Editors: Alexis Barnes, Liberty Ritchie, Lucas Meacham, and Melanie McGruder; Research Editors: Alexis Barnes and Mikaela Barns; and Competitions Editor: Melanie McGruder.

Vol. 45, no. 1 of the AILR is also available in PDF format at the Current Issues page. This issue features the article, “ICWA’s Irony,” by Marcia Zug. Also featured are two student comments: "The Secretary of the Interior Has the Authority to Take Land into Trust for Federally Recognized Alaska Tribes," by Meghan O’Connor, and "'The Desert Is Our Home'", by Kayla Molina; and two student notes, "Coeur D’alene Tribe v. Hawks: Why Federal Courts Have the Power to Recognize and Enforce Tribal Court Judgments Against Nonmembers 'Because of the Federal Government’s Unique Relationship with Indian Tribes,'" by Heath Albert, and "The Disproportionate Effect on Native American Women of Extending the Federal Involuntary Manslaughter Act to Include a Woman’s Conduct Against Her Child in Utero: United States v. Flute," by Andie B. Netherland.  Finally, the issue features the winning paper in the 2019-20 AILR national writing competition, "Mirrored Harms: Unintended Consequences in the Grant of Tribal Court Jurisdiction over Non-Indian Abusers," by Jonathan Riedel.

The AILR is currently reviewing articles.  See the Submissions page for details.

The AILR archives has been relocated. PDF copies of issues going back to vol. 1, no. 1 (1973) are now available through our Digital Commons page.

How to Contact Us

Ashley D. Murphy, Editor-in-Chief: amurph01@ou.edu, (405) 325-2840

Michael Waters, Editorial Advisor: mwaters@ou.edu, (405) 325-5191

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.

AILR may be contacted by regular mail at: American Indian Law Review, University of Oklahoma College of Law, 300 Timberdell Road, Norman, OK 73019

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