Professor Taiawagi Helton joined the faculty in 2001, and teaches environmental law,
property, and Indian law. 

Helton received his juris doctorate at the University of Tulsa College of law, where he
earned certificates in environmental law, Indian law, and public policy. He served as
editor-in-chief of the Tulsa Law Journal, and was named the Outstanding Law Student of
the Class of 1999 by the Oklahoma Bar Association. He began his legal career as a clerk
for the Honorable Robert H. Henry, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. 

Admitted to the Oklahoma Bar in 1999 and the Cherokee Nation Bar in 2000, Helton is a
member of the Order of the Curule Chair and Phi Kappa Phi. He has lectured extensively on
topics relating to Native American issues, is a member of the Board of Directors of
Oklahoma Indian Legal Services, and is a Special Justice for the Cheyenne and Arapaho
Tribes Supreme Court. 

Contributions to Books

The Foundations of Federal Indian Law and Its Application in the Twentieth Century (with Lindsay G. Robertson), Beyond Red Power: American Indian Politics and Activism Since 1900 (2008)


Review of Enduring Legacies: Native American Treaties and Contemporary Controversies Edited by Bruce E. Johansen, Great Plains Research: A Journal of Natural and Social Sciences (2005)

Even casual observers know of disputes between Natives and non-Natives over governmental authority or natural...



Report of the Proceedings of the Judicial Conference of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit: Current Issues in Native American Law (with Paul Frye, Gloria Valencia-Weber, Samuel Winder, and John Echohawk), University of Kansas Law Review (2003)

Unpublished Papers


Contemporary Perspectives: Current Legal Issues Surrounding Tribal Membership and Indian Identity, University of Oklahoma Native American Studies and American Indian Law Review Sovereignty and Identity Symposium (2012)
Tribal and State Water Rights at the Dawn of Freshwater Scarcity, Tulsa Community College EcoFest Conference (2012)
Current Issues in Federal Indian Law, Chickasaw Nation Bar Association CLE Conference (2011)
The Year in Review: Tenth Circuit Developments in Indian Law, Federal Bar Association-Oklahoma City Chapter Tenth Circuit CLE Conference (2011)