Robert N. Clinton



Professor of Law

Biographical Information

Robert N. Clinton earned a B.A. from University of Michigan in 1968 and a J.D. from University of Chicago in 1971.  He joined the faculty of University of Iowa College of Law in 1973, and served as a professor at Iowa until 2000.  He is currently a professor at Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, as well as Chief Justice of the Winnebago Supreme Court.  His work focuses on federal Indian law, tribal law, Native American history, constitutional law, federal courts, cyberspace law, copyrights, and civil procedure.



Robert N. Clinton, Carole E. Goldberg, and Rebecca Tsosie, American Indian Law: Native Nations and the Federal System (LexisNexis 2005)
Monroe E. Price, Robert N. Clinton, & Nell J. Newton, American Indian Law: Cases and Materials (LexisNexis 4th ed. 2003)
Robert N. Clinton, Kevin Gover, and Myles Lynk, Law and the Regulatory State (Arizona State University College of Law 2003)
Robert N. Clinton, Federal Courts: Theory and Practice (Little, Brown 1996)
Robert N. Clinton, American Indian Law: Cases and Materials, Supplement (Michie 1996)
Robert N. Clinton, American Indian Law: Cases and Materials, Supplement (Michie 1994)
Robert N. Clinton, American Indian Law: Cases and Materials (Michie 1991)
Robert N. Clinton, Materials & Problems on Federal Copyright Law (University of Iowa College of Law 1988)
Monroe E. Price and Robert N. Clinton, Law and the American Indian: Readings, Notes and Cases (Michie 1983)
Robert N. Clinton, with Felix S. Cohen, Rennard Strickland, et al. Felix S. Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law (Michie Co. 1982)


Robert N. Clinton, "Enactment of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988: The Return of the Buffalo to Indian Country or Another Federalism Usurpation of Tribal Sovereignty," 42 Ariz. St. L.J. 17 (2010-2011)
Robert N. Clinton, "Comity & Colonialism: The Federal Court's Frustration of Tribal - Federal Cooperation," 36 Ariz. St. L.J. 1 (2004)
Robert N. Clinton, "There Is No Federal Supremacy Clause for Indian Tribes," 34 Ariz. St. L.J. 113 (2002)
Robert N. Clinton, "Symposium Introduction," 12 Stan. L. & Pol'y Rev. 186 (2001)
Robert N. Clinton, with Larry Zimmerman, “Kennewick Man and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Woes,” 8 International Journal of Cultural Property 212 (1999)
Robert N. Clinton, "The Dormant Indian Commerce Clause," 27 Conn. L. Rev. 1055 (1994-1995)
Robert N. Clinton, "Redressing the Legacy of Conquest: A Vision Quest for a Decolonized Federal Indian Law," 46 Ark. L. Rev. 77 (1993)
Robert N. Clinton, "Peyote and Judicial Political Activism - Neo-Colonialism and the Supreme Court's New Indian Law Agenda," 38 Fed. B. News & J. 92 (1991)
Robert N. Clinton, "Tribal Courts and the Federal Union," 26 Willamette L. Rev. 841 (1989-1990)
Robert N. Clinton, "A Brief History of the Adoption of the United States Constitution," 75 Iowa L. Rev. 891 (1989-90)
Robert N. Clinton, "The Rights of Indigenous Peoples as Collective Group Rights," 32 Ariz. L. Rev. 739 (1990)
Robert N. Clinton, "The Proclamation of 1763: Colonial Prelude to Two Centuries of Federal-State Conflict over the Management of Indian Affairs," 69 B.U. L. Rev. 329 (1989)
Robert N. Clinton, "Original Understanding, Legal Realism, and the Interpretation of 'This Constitution,'" 72 Iowa L. Rev. 1177 (1987)
Robert N. Clinton, "A Mandatory View of Federal Court Jurisdiction: Early Implementation of and Departures from the Constitutional Plan," 86 Colum. L. Rev. 1515 (1986)
Robert N. Clinton, "The Curse of Relevance: An Essay on the Relationship of Historical Research to Federal Indian Litigation," 28 Ariz. L. Rev. 29 (1986)
Robert N. Clinton, "Reservation Specificity and Indian Adjudication: An Essay on the Importance of Limited Contextualism in Indian Law," 8 Hamline L. Rev. 543 (1985)
Robert N. Clinton, "Mandatory View of Federal Court Jurisdiction: A Guided Quest for the Original Understanding of Article III," 132 U. Pa. L. Rev. 741 (1983-1984)
Robert N. Clinton, "Judges Must Make Law: A Realistic Appraisal of the Judicial Function in a Democratic Society," 67 Iowa L. Rev. 711 (1981-1982)
Robert N. Clinton, "Eastern Indian Land Claims: A Reply," 53 N.Y. St. B.J. 372 (1981)
Robert N. Clinton, "State Power over Indian Reservations: A Critical Comment on Burger Court Doctrine," 26 S.D. L. Rev. 434 (1981)
Robert N. Clinton, "State Power over Indian Reservations: A Critical Comment on Burger Court Doctrine," 8 Cornell Law Forum (Faculty ed.) 8 (1981-1982)
Robert N. Clinton, "Isolated in Their Own Country: A Defense of Federal Protection of Indian Autonomy and Self-Government," 33 Stan. L. Rev. 979 (1980-1981)
Robert N. Clinton and Margaret Tobey Hotopp, “Judicial Enforcement of the Federal Restraints on Alienation of Indian Land: The Eastern Land Claims,” 31 Maine L. Rev. 17 (1979)
Robert N. Clinton, "Rule 9 of the Federal Habeas Corpus Rules: A Case Study on the Need for Reform of the Rules Enabling Acts," 63 Iowa L. Rev. 15 (1977-1978)
Robert N. Clinton, "Criminal Jurisdiction over Indian Lands: A Journey through a Jurisdictional Maze," 18 Ariz. L. Rev. 503 (1976)
Robert N. Clinton, "The Right to Present a Defense: An Emergent Constitutional Guarantee in Criminal Trials," 9 Ind. L. Rev. 711 (1975-1976)
Robert N. Clinton, "Development of Criminal Jurisdiction over Indian Lands: The Historical Perspective," 17 Ariz. L. Rev. 951 (1975)
Robert N. Clinton and Randall P. Bezanson, "Watergate: Constitutional Thresholds," 27 I. Alumni Rev.10 (1974)
Robert N. Clinton, "Further Explorations in the Political Thicket: The Gerrymander and the Constitution," 59 Iowa L. Rev. 1 (1973)

Book Reviews

Robert N. Clinton, Review of Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock: Treaty Rights and Indian Law at the End of the Nineteenth Century, by Blue Clark, 16 Journal of American Ethnic History 115-18 (1997)
Robert N. Clinton, Review of The American Indian in Western Legal Thought, by Robert Williams, 35 The American Journal of Legal History 344 (1991)
Robert N. Clinton, Review of American Indian Law in a Nutshell, by William Canby, 33 Journal of Legal Education 377 (1983)
Robert N. Clinton, Review of The Road: Indian Tribes and Political Liberty, by Russell Barsh and James Henderson, 47 University of Chicago Law Review 846-60 (1980)


Robert N. Clinton, Testimony in Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Administrative Law and Governmental Relations of the United States House Committee on the Judiciary on Partition of Certain Lands Between the Hoopa Valley Tribe and the Yurok Indians, Sept. 30, 1988, 69-116
Robert N. Clinton, Testimony in Hearings before the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Criminal Justice on Proposed Federal Rules on Habeas Corpus Procedure (1976)