Constitutions: Blueprints of Government

Melissa Tatum
Thursdays 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
May 9, 16, 23, 30, and June 6, 2019
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Constitutions: Blueprints of Government

Summer 2019
In Session
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
May 9, 16, 23, 30, and June 6, 2019


Main Campus



Constitutions serve as the basic blueprint for a government, as they provide the foundation and describe the structure for how a community will govern itself.  The United States Constitution is often used as a model for creating a government, but it is only one of many possible ways to allocate government functions.  In this course, we will use constitutions as a lens for examining how different communities have structured their government and governance structures.  The primary focus will be on tribal governments, although we will also examine the constitutions of several state and national constitutions.

Meet Your Professor

Research Professor of Law
James E. Rogers College of Law

MELISSA TATUM is a professor at the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law, where she specializes in Indian law and tribal government. She has spent more than two decades working in Indian country, and most of her work involves the structure and relationship of government systems. Those interests fueled her two most recent books (both of which were coauthored) Structuring Sovereignty: Constitutions of Native Nations and Law, Culture & Environment.  

  • Ted and Shirley Taubeneck Superior Teaching Award


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