Restatement of the Law,

The Law of American Indians

This Restatement will cement the foundational principles of American Indian law. Topics include federal/tribal relations, state/tribal relations, tribal jurisdiction and authority, and Indian Country business law.
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At the 2021 Annual Meeting, membership voted to approve the Proposed Final Draft, marking the completion of this project.

This project was on the 2020 Annual Meeting agenda. Although the 2020 Annual Meeting was cancelled, project drafts were produced and posted online. Each was a Tentative Draft, but no motions were made and no voting occurred. The drafts may be revised or supplemented before submission at the next Annual Meeting.

This Restatement will include six Chapters. Sections 1 through 9 of Chapter 1 (Federal–Tribal Relations) were approved at the 2015 Annual Meeting. Chapter 2 (Tribal Authority) was approved at the 2018 Annual Meeting with the exception of § 33, which was not presented.

Portions of Chapter 3 (State-Tribal Relations), Chapter 4 (Tribal Economic Development), and Chapter 5 (Indian Country Criminal Jurisdiction) were approved at the 2019 Annual Meeting.

All draft approvals are subject to the discussion at the meeting and usual editorial prerogative.

For a detailed description of the project visit the American Indian Law page on The ALI Adviser.

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