Contact Information

Greenlaw Hall 445, CB #3520
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3520


Ph.D., University of Minnesota, American Studies, 2009
LL.M., University of Arizona Law School, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, 2007
J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 2004

Research Interests and Honors

My research interests include tribal constitutions and constitutionalism, tribal law and governance, and the application of legal theory to tribal contexts. My first book, Claiming Turtle Mountain’s Constitution (UNC Press, in press), explores the enactment of the first tribal constitution of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and how the process of that enactment created a legacy that continues to affect governance on the reservation in the present. In future works I will explore the application of American constitutional interpretive methods to tribal constitutions and the role of tribal courts in reservation governance. Another work in progress is an undergraduate textbook for Indian law and policy. I also serve as an Associate Justice on the Turtle Mountain Tribal Court of Appeals.

Courses Taught

AMST 287: Introduction to American Legal Education

AMST 510: Indian Law and Policy

AMST 511: American Indians and American Law

AMST 512: Race and American Law

AMST 700: History and Practices of American Studies