Examining Tribal Environmental Law

How to Cite

Warner, E. A. K. (2019). Examining Tribal Environmental Law. Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, 39(1). https://doi.org/10.7916/cjel.v39i1.3519


Since the revolution of environmental law began roughly forty years ago, scholars have wrestled with the complex interactions of the states and federal government, but they have largely ignored tribal governments. Although some scholarship exists regarding the suggested development of tribal environmental law, little is known about the extent to which tribes nationwide have enacted such laws. This Article fills that vacuum by taking a first look at existing tribal environmental law and exploring the laws of one tribal nation that has enacted several environmental laws. The Article also proposes some initial norms to guide the development of tribal environmental law.