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American Indian Law Deskbook is a concise, direct, and easy-to-understand handbook on Indian law. Indian law is a dynamic, ever-evolving field of law that overlaps other areas of the law as tribes expand their economic and political reach in our society. If a lawyer needs a concise, direct, and easy-to-understand handbook on Indian law, this book meets that need. As the chief legal officers of the states, the State Attorneys General offer a unique insight into Indian law. The states have been parties before the United States Supreme Court and the lower courts to many of the cases that have shaped Indian Law over the years. The chapter authors of this book are experienced state lawyers who have been involved in Indian law for many years. American Indian Law Deskbook addresses the areas of Indian law most relevant to the practitioner. Topics include: Definitions of Indians and Indian tribes Indian lands Criminal, civil regulatory, and civil adjudicatory jurisdiction Civil rights Indian water rights Fish and wildlife Environmental regulation Taxation Gaming Indian Child Welfare Act and tribal-state cooperative agreements Beginning in 1988, the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) saw the need not only to develop a treatise that reflected the current status of Indian law, but also to create a framework adaptable to new developments - decisional or statutory - on a frequent basis. CWAG is committed to presenting the complex issues of Indian law in a respectful manner that attempts to summarize existing law and to identify matters of doctrinal disagreement or uncertainty.