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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. 

2020-2021 National Writing Competition Winners

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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. 1 of the AILR was published in April and is now 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.

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.

Winners have been named in the American Indian Law Review's 2020-2021 national writing competition. See the Writing Competition page for details.

Vol. 44, no. 2 of the American Indian Law Review is also 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 would like to thank the students who served as editors during the 2020-21 academic year: 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.

How to Contact Us

Ashley D. Murphy, 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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