May 6: Tribal Constitutions Project – Summer Research Opportunity

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Tribal constitutions sit at the heart of Native Nation sovereignty. Northwestern University (through Beth Redbird, Assistant Professor of Sociology, and Erin Delaney, Professor of Law) is building a database of over 1,053 constitutions and amendments representing nearly 150 years of tribal constitutional history, which eventually will be made public. They are looking for law students interested in constitutional and/or Indian law to read, summarize, and code these documents.

Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the formal strategies employed by tribes when creating constitutions and of the evolution of constitutional constructs over time. Coders will be credited/acknowledged on the public release. For effective coding, students need to have taken U.S. Constitutional Law and have taken or have knowledge of federal Indian law or tribal law.

Students can contribute anywhere from 5-20 hours per week and will meet regularly by Zoom with the team to discuss substantive issues and questions that arise. This project will provide pro bono hours or compensation.

The NYU-Yale American Indian Sovereignty Project is collaborating with the Tribal Constitutions Project.

Application Instructions:
To participate, please contact Leah Shrestinian at with a CV and brief statement of interest by May 06, 2022. Successful applicants will be contacted by May 13, 2022.