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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. 

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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

The rules sheet has been posted for the American Indian Law Review's 2020-2021 national writing competition. Deadline for entries is February 26, 2021.  Three cash prizes will be awarded, including $1,000 for first place. See the Writing Competition page for details.

Vol. 44, no. 2 of the American Indian Law Review was published in August and is now available in PDF format at the Current Issues page. This issue features the articles “The Court of Indian Appeals: America’s Forgotten Federal Appellate Court," by Chief Judge Gregory D. Smith & Bailee L. Plemmons, and "Tribal Remedies, Exhaustion, and State Courts," by Pete Heidepriem. Also featured are three student comments, “’Thus in the Beginning All the World Was America’: The Effects of Anti-Protest Legislation and an American Conquest Culture in Native Sacred Sites Cases,” by Elizabeth Hampton; “The Cultural Property Conundrum: The Case for a Nationalistic Approach and Repatriation of the Moai to the Rapa Nui,” by Annie Rischard Davis; and “Cooking Food Customs in the Pot of Self-Governance: How Food Sovereignty Is a Necessary Ingredient of Tribal Sovereignty,” by Kate Ricart; plus one note,  “Analyzing the Implications of the Supreme Court’s Holding in Herrera v. Wyoming,” by Andrew Rader. Concluding this issue is the winning appellate brief in the 2020 Native American Law Student Association Moot Court Competition, by Emily Dennan and Emily McEvoy.

AILR's editors for the 2020-2021 academic year are: Editor-in-Chief: Drew Rader; Managing Editor: Andie B. Netherland; Executive Editor: Elizabeth Hampton; Business Development Editor: Allie Crawley; Articles Development Editor: Derek Gilliam; Assistant Executive Editors: Heath Albert, Kayla Molina, Annie Rischard Davis, Alexa Ryel, and Rachel Williams; Assistant Managing Editors: Ty Gilmore, Braden Mason, Meghan O’Connor, and Kate Ricart; Research Editors: Katie McKenzie, Emily Smith, and Ethan Swindell; and Competitions Editor: Chandler Olson.

Vol. 44, no. 1 of the AILR is also available in PDF format at the Current Issues page. This issue features the article, “How the New Deal Became a Raw Deal for Indian Nations: Justice Stanley Reed and the Tee-Hit-Ton Decision on Indian Title,” by Professor Kent McNeil. Also featured are two student comments: "Keeping Cultural Bias Out of the Courtroom: How ICWA 'Qualified Expert Witnesses' Make a Difference," by Elizabeth Low, and "Being Uighur . . . with “Chinese Characteristics”: Analyzing China’s Legal Crusade Against Uighur Identity," by Brennan Davis; and two student notes, "United States v. Bryant: The Results of Upholding Women’s Rights and Tribal Sovereignty," by Madalynn Martin, and "What Are the Odds? The Potential for Tribal Control of Sports Gambling After Murphy v. NCAA," by Haley Maynard.  Finally, the issue features the winning paper in the 2018-19 AILR national writing competition, "Thickening the Thin Blue Line in Indian Country: Affirming Tribal Authority to Arrest Non-Indians," by Alex Treiger.

How to Contact Us

Drew Rader, Editor-in-Chief:, (405) 325-2840

Michael Waters, Editorial Advisor:, (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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