Native Americans and the Founding Fathers

Did tribal governments and indigenous political theories affect the Founding Fathers and the United States Constitution? If so, how?

Robert James Miller makes the case that the Founding Fathers, the United States Constitution, and perhaps even larger political ideas generally associated with Europe were impacted by tribal governments and indigenous political theories. Professor Miller identifies such impacts throughout the Constitution—imprints that have affected and continue to affect our country today. Myles V. Link moderates a discussion.

About the Speakers

Robert James Miller 

  • Tribal citizen
  • Interim Chief Justice, Pascua Yaqui Tribe Court of Appeals
  • Faculty Director of the Rosette LLP American Indian Economic Development Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
Myles V. Link

Myles V. Link

  • Adjunct professor, Georgetown University Law School
  • Senior assistant disciplinary counsel for appellate litigation, District of Columbia Office of Disciplinary Counsel
  • Emeritus professor of law, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University