This class is an interdisciplinary problem solving class offered at the Law School through the Problem Solving Initiative (PSI). In Indian country within the U.S., violent crime rates have risen steadily since the 1970s. In recent years, the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous persons (#MMIP and #MMIW) within and without Indian country has reached a crisis stage. Unarmed Indigenous persons are killed by police at the highest rates of any demographic. Indigenous persons are also racially profiled and incarcerated at higher rates. The “jurisdictional maze” of Indian country criminal jurisdiction, where tribal, state, and federal authorities exercise concurrent powers, is partly to blame. Casual racism against Indian persons on and off reservation is also partly to blame. Federal solutions are piecemeal and inefficient at best, partly because Indigenous political philosophies of Indigenous nations differ dramatically from those of state and federal justice systems. Multi-disciplinary teams of students will apply insights from Native American Studies, humanities, law, policy, and other disciplines to examine recent federal legislation attempting to reform Indian country criminal justice alongside solutions recommended by the Indian Law and Order Commission in 2013. Students will use problem solving techniques and theorize more culturally appropriate and effective solutions.

This is a prof pick class and is open to all University of Michigan graduate and professional students. Please note: Non-Law students are responsible for checking with their own schools, colleges, or units to learn if a PSI class will count toward graduation or other departmental requirements.