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 Allison M. Dussias

Allison M. Dussias

Professor of Law


(617) 422 7266

A.B. Georgetown University
J.D. University of Michigan Law School

Professor Dussias teaches American Indian Law, Business Organizations, Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Property, and Religious Freedom. She is the author of articles on American Indian law, on topics including religious freedom, property rights, and tribal sovereignty. Before joining the New England Law faculty in 1991, she was an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York, where her principal practice areas were corporate and securities law.

 Selected Publications

Protecting Pocahontas’s World: The Mattaponi Tribe’s Struggle Against Virginia’s King William Reservoir Project, in Am. Indian L. Rev. (forthcoming 2012)

At the Margins: Border Tribes' Struggles to Protect Reservation Lands, Waters, and Communities, in Tribes, Land, and the Environment (forthcoming 2011)

Spirit Food and Sovereignty: Pathways for Protecting Indigenous Peoples' Subsistence Rights, 58 Clev. St. L. Rev. 272 (2010)

Exhibiting Culture in Legal Settings: Courts, Agencies, and Tribes, 45 Tulsa L. Rev. 65 (2010)

Indians and Indios: Echoes of the Bhopal Disaster in the Achuar People of Peru’s Struggle Against the Toxic Legacy of Occidental Petroleum (contribution to Symposium, “The Bhopal Disaster Approaches 25: Looking Back to Look Forward”), 42 New Eng. L. Rev. 809 (2008)

Indigenous Languages Under Siege: The Native American Experience (contribution to Eighth Tribal Sovereignty Symposium, Indigenous and “Minority Languages Under Siege: Finding Answers to a Global Threat”), 3 Intercultural Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 5 (2008)

Kennewick Man, Kinship, and the "Dying Race": The Ninth Circuit's Assimilationist Assault on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, 84 Neb. L. Rev. 55 (2005)

Does the Right of Self-determination Include a Right to a Homeland?, 31 Syracuse J. Int'l L. & Com. 83 (2004).

Let No Native American Child Be Left Behind: Re-envisioning Native American Education for the Twenty-first Century, 43 ARIZ. L. REV. 819-903 (2001); presented in Spring 2001 University of Connecticut Law School faculty seminar series.

Waging War with Words: Native Americans' Continuing Struggle Against the Suppression of Their Languages, 60 Ohio St. L. J. 901 (1999).

Cultural Conflicts Regarding Land Use: The Conflict between Recreational Users and Native American Ceremonial Users at Devils Tower, Res Communes: Vermont's Journal of the Environment (visited May 5, 1999)

Squaw Drudges, Farm Wives, and the Dann Sisters' Last Stand: Native American Women's Struggle Against Domestication and the Denial of Their Property Rights, 77 N.C. L. Rev. 637 (1999).

Asserting a Traditional Environmental Ethic: Recent Developments in Environmental Regulation Involving Native American Tribes, 33 NEW ENG. L. REV. 653 (1999).

Ghost Dance and Holy Ghost: The Echoes of Nineteenth Century Christianization Policy in Twentieth Century Native American Free Exercise Cases, 49 Stan. L. Rev. 773 (1997).

Science, Sovereignty, and the Sacred Text: Paleontological Resources and Native American Rights, 55 Md. L. Rev. 84 (1996).

The Right to Cultural and Religious Self-Determination: Lessons from the Experience of Native Americans, 2 ILSA J. Int'l & Comp. L. 633 (1996).

Heeding the Demands of Justice: Justice Blackmun's Indian Law Opinions, 71 N.D. L. Rev. 41 (1995) (symposium issue on Justice Blackmun).

Geographically-Based and Membership-Based Views of Indian Tribal Sovereignty: The Supreme Court's Changing Vision, 55 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 1 (1993).

Professor Dussias can comment on the following subjects:

  • American Indian Law
  • Corporate Law
  • First Amendment Religious Clauses
  • Indigenous Peoples' Rights