MSU Spotlights Tribal Law

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Michigan State law students will have the opportunity to focus on issues affecting American Indians.

MSU's College of Law is launching the Midwest's first comprehensive American Indian law program. It's designed to train future lawyers in Indian issues, ranging from gaming to taxes.

The program will give students a chance to work directly on a regional and national level with tribal governments on policymaking issues.

An assistant professor says the program is important because many practicing attorneys know little about the country's 562 federally recognized tribal governments.

Formal Indian law programs are offered in only 20 law schools nationwide.