Tribal Treaty Law and Off-Reservation Resources

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Course Title: Tribal Treaty Law and Off-Reservation Resources
Course ID: POL-450
Status: CLOSED
Date(s): September 28, 2021: 8:30am - 4:30pm
September 29, 2021: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Location: Live Remote Attendance-- USA

Live Remote Attendance, CA
Instructor: Scott Andrews
Tuition: $695 / $645*
$645 / $595* (Before August 28, 2021)
Class is Closed


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Tribal Environmental Regulation and Jurisdiction


Tribal Treaty Law and Off-Reservation Resources is a two-day course addressing Tribal Treaties and Tribal involvement and tools for the protection of natural resources off Indian Reservations.

After an introduction of the historical underpinnings of Federal Indian law, and a basic overview of treaty law, the course will focus on tribal rights for fishing, hunting and water especially as applied off-reservation. Next the discussion will shift to the protection of air and water quality, waste management, and the environmental review process, including as tools to protect off-reservation resources.

The course will examine the growing tribal engagement in off-reservation environmental and resource management conflicts including infrastructure projects such as pipelines.

Finally, we will explore climate change adaptation and mitigation especially with regard to the potential role of tribes. This last topic, in particular, will involve class discussion of options and approaches of interest of the participants.


Intended Audience:

  • Tribal members and environmental staff to improve their understanding of Treaty rights and tools for protection of resources.
  • State, local and federal officials to better understand how to work with Tribes.
  • Attorneys with interest, but not a great deal of experience in Indian law.
  • Environmental group staff to better understand Tribal rights, powers and options for protecting natural resources.
  • Others who wish to better understand how to work with Tribes and in Indian Country.

Continuing Education Units: 1.60 CEUs

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Course Topics

Federal Indian law  

  • Tribal Treaty basics
  • Fishing and hunting rights under treaties.
  • Tribal water rights and impacts off-reservation.
  • Air and water quality regulation of sources outside the reservation.
  • Hazardous waste and oil spill cleanups
  • Tribal roles in federal laws including NEPA and ESA
  • Growing tribal citizen protests and cooperation with mainstream green groups.
  • Climate change and tribal involvement.

About the Instructor

Scott Andrews

Scott Andrews

Scott A. Andrews serves as co-founder of Asarum Consulting, which provides policy and technical assistance on Tribal environmental regulation, assessment and compliance, as well as, climate change issues.  As Environmental Compliance Manager for the Swinomish Tribe from 2001 to 2020, Mr. Andrews’ responsibilities spanned environmental regulation and enforcement and the development of related policies and ordinances. He also managed shoreline protection, air quality and hazardous waste programs. He served as one of the lead authors of the Swinomish Climate Change Initiative, an award winning project hailed as the first major tribal climate change adaptation plan in the nation.  Over his career, Scott’s professional experience has included a variety of positions for governmental and non-profit organizations, including Legal Counsel for the Natural Resources Committee of the Nebraska Legislature and the Kansas State Director for Sierra Club. Mr. Andrews holds a Master’s in Watershed Management /Forestry, a law degree and is a member of the Washington State Bar Association. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Fiji he developed a village aquaculture program. Scott lives and works on the ceded lands of the Coast Salish Peoples. To fulfill his creative side, he writes and produces plays for the stage.

What to Bring

This course will be held in a virtual classroom as a remote, interactive, live-stream presentation.  Please make sure to provide NWETC with the best mailing address for us to get the course materials to you.

Billing Information

In order to guarantee a space in a course, the tuition must be paid in full TWO WEEKS before the first day of the course by either check or credit card. State and government agencies paying with a purchase order are allowed payment under the two-week time frame if a copy of the purchase order is received by NWETC.

If You Need to Cancel


  • With 31 or more days notice, we will offer a 100% refund or credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With 30-8 days notice, we will offer a course credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With fewer than 8 days notice, there is no course credit available

*Please note that attendee replacement is welcome at any time

Disability Accommodations

Disability Accommodations:

To request disability accommodations, please contact us at or 425-270-3274 at least 30 days prior to the event.


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