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)
Introduction to the IACHR Report on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples’ Rights Over Their Ancestral Lands and Natural Resources: Norms and Jurisprudence of the Inter-American Human Rights System, American Indian Law Review (2010)
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...