Program Details:

Tribal Outreach Projects: Human Rights and Economic Development

The "American Indian Law Clinic Tribal Outreach Projects: Yankton and Spokane" serve to provide free, pro bono legal services to two needy tribal communities, while giving students the opportunity to meaningfully interface with community members and leaders and have access and exposure to the real-life environment where Indian law issues have an impact.

In the American Indian Law Clinic, students learn about and work on behalf of tribal communities on a variety of projects involving federal Indian law and legal systems in Indian Country.

Funding from the CU Boulder Outreach Committee supports two ongoing American Indian Law Clinic Tribal Outreach Projects: 1) community outreach and engagement on behalf of the Yankton Sioux tribal community in Wagner, South Dakota to
build tribal capacity to implement commercial codes drafted this year by the American Indian Law Clinic; 2) community outreach and engagement to assist the Spokane Tribe of Indians in implementing a rights regime that embodies the principles set forth in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

In the first project, Yankton, the clinic students and director will travel to their Indian reservation to engage directly with the tribal community. These experiences are vital to accomplish the essential pedagogical objective of clinical work: experiential learning. The law clinics at the law school provide students with hands-on legal experience, but in the Indian law context, it is practically impossible to provide tribal client contact and understanding without travel to/from the tribal communities served.

This is a private program by request only, or for a specific audience or group.


Outside Colorado

  • Yankton, South Dakota

Program Partners

Supporting This Program

  • Spokane Tribe of Indians
  • Yankton Sioux Tribal Community in Wagner, South Dakota

Sponsoring Units

Law, School of

  • American Indian Law Clinic

Program Contact

Carla Fredericks

Program Categories


  • Govt./Law/Public Policy

Program Types:

  • Civic Engagement
  • Clinical Services
  • Community Development
  • Professional Services


  • Minority Group(s)
  • Tribal Communities (in U.S.)

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