Frank Pommersheim

Frank Pommersheim

Professor

LAW SCHOOL

School of Law 211

Phone: (605) 677-5361

Email: Frank.Pommersheim@usd.edu

Bio:

Frank Pommersheim was born in New York City, but has lived in South Dakota for more than 40 years. Prior to joining the faculty in 1984, he lived and worked on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation for ten years. He currently serves on a number of tribal appellate courts throughout Indian country including Chief Justice for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Court of Appeals and Associate Justice for the Rosebud Sioux Supreme Court. Professor Pommersheim writes extensively in the field of Indian law. He is the author of Braid of Feathers (American Indian Law and Contemporary Tribal Life), Broken Landscape: Indians, Indian Tribes, and the Constitution, more than 40 law review articles, and more than 125 judicial opinions. His newest book entitled Tribal Justice: 25 Years as a Tribal Appellate Justice came out in 2015. Professor Pommersheim has received the University of South Dakota Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching, the South Dakota Peace and Justice Center Reconciliation Award, and the John Wesley Jackson Award as the Outstanding Professor of Law. He has also been nominated for the University of South Dakota President's Award for Research Excellence. Frank is also a poet. His most recent chapbook is Local Memory and Karma (The Buddha Correspondence, Vol. 2). In addition, Frank is an amateur but avid bird watcher, who is well-acquainted with the works of Bob Dylan, and has played a lot of hoops all over this land.


Teaching Interests:

Indian Law, Federal Jurisdiction, Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Tribal Courts, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure


Education:

  • JD, Law, Columbia Law School, 1968
  • BA, Sociology/Anthropology, Colgate University, 1965
  • M.P.A., Public Administration/Economic Development, Harvard University,

Publications:

Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Pommersheim, Frank. Tribal Justice: Twenty-Five Years as a Tribal Appellate Justice. Carolina Academic Press, 2015.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Due Process and the Legitimacy of Tribal Courts. In Forty Years of the Indian Civil Rights Act: History, Tribal Law and Modern Challenges. American Indian Studies Center at UCLA, 2012.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. The Crazy Horse Malt Liquor Case: From Modernity to Tradition and Halfway Back, 42-66. Vol. 57. South Dakota Law Review, 2012.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Amicus Briefs in Indian Law: The Case of Plains Commerce Bank v. Long Family Land and Cattle Co., Inc.. South Dakota Law Review, 2011.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. At the Crossroads: A New and Unfortunate Paradigm of Tribal Sovereignty. Vol. 55. South Dakota Law Review, 2010.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Broken Landscape: Indians, Indian Tribes and the Constitution. Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Plains Commerce Bank v. Long Family Land and Cattle Company, Inc.: An Introduction with Questions. Vol. 54. South Dakota Law Review, 2009.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Afterword: The New Indian Law Scholarship. Vol. 32. American Indian Law Review, 2008.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. South Dakota Tribal Court Handbook..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Constitutional Shadows: The Missing Narrative in Indian Law. Vol. 80. North Dakota Law Review, 2005.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Felix Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law. Lexis, 2005.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Present Moment: A Zen Reflection on Indian Law Doctrine. Vol. 2. UCLA Indigenous Peoples' Journal of Law Culture & Resistance, 2005.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Tribal Courts and Federal Courts: A Very Preliminary Set of Notes for Federal Courts Teachers. Vol. 36. Arizona State Law Journal, 2004.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Lara: A Constitutional Crisis in Indian Law. Vol. 28. American Indian Law Review, 2003.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. In Deadliest Enemies by Thomas Biolsi. Pacific Historical Review, 2002.
  • Pommersheim, Frank, Braunstein, Richard, and Feimer, Steve. A Review of South Dakota Criminal Justice: A Study of Racial Disparities. Vol. 48. South Dakota Law Review, 2002.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Is There a Little (Or Not So Little) Constitutional Crisis Developing in Indian Law?. Vol. 5. University of Pennsylvania Constitutional Law Review, 2002.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock: A Little Haiku Essay on a Missed Constitutional Moment. Vol. 38. Tulsa Law Review, 2002.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Looking Forward and Looking Back: The Promise and Potential of a Sioux Nation Judicial Support Center and Sioux Nation Supreme Court. Vol. 34. Arizona State Law Journal, 2002.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Natural Resources, Economics, and the Environment: Global Issues Facing Native Communities. Vol. 7. Great Plains Natural Resources Journal, 2002.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Toward a Greater Sioux Nation Judicial Support Center and Supreme Court. Vol. 17. Wicazo Sa Review, 2002.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Our Federalism in the Context of Federal Courts and Tribal Courts: An Open Letter to the Federal Courts' Teaching and Scholarly Community. Vol. 71. Colorado Law Review, 2000.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Coyote Paradox: Some Indian Law Reflections from the Edge of the Prairie. Vol. 31. Arizona State Law Journal, 1999.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Indian Nations on the Eve of the 21st Century. Vol. 43. South Dakota Law Review, 1998.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Representing Native People and Indian Tribes: A Response to Professor Allegretti. Vol. 66. Fordham Law Review, 1998.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Democracy, Citizenship, and Indian Law Literacy: Some Initial Thoughts. Vol. 14. Thomas M. Cooley Law Review, 1997.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Tribal Courts and the Federal Judiciary: Opportunities and Challenges for a Constitutional Democracy. Vol. 58. Montana Law Review, 1997.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. What Must be Done to Achieve the Vision of the Twenty-First Century Tribal Judiciary. Vol. 7. Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy, 1997.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. In Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock: Treaty Rights and Indian Law at the End of the Nineteenth Century by Blue Clark. Plains Anthropologist, 1996.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Tribal Courts: Constitutional Decision Making and An Opportunity for Transformation. Law and the Great Plains, 1996.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Braid of Feathers. University of California Press, 1995.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Diminishment of Indian Reservations: Legislative or Judicial Fist?. Vol. 71. North Dakota Law Review, 1995.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Dispute Resolution in Indian Country: Does Abstention Make the Heart Grow Fonder. Vol. 71. North Dakota Law Review, 1995.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Tribal Courts: Providers of Justice and Protectors of Sovereignty. Vol. 79. Judicature, 1995.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. A Symposium on Tribal Courts: Introduction. Vol. 19. Oklahoma City University Law Review, 1994.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. In Crow Dog's Case: American Indian Sovereignty: Tribal Law and the United States Law in the Nineteenth Century by Sidney Harring. The Journal of American History, 1993.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. A Path Near the Clearing: An Essay on Constitutional Adjudication in Tribal Courts. Vol. 27. Gonzaga Law Review, 1992.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Liberation, Dreams and Hard Work: An Essay on Tribal Court Jurisprudence. Wisconsin Law Review, 1992.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. South Dakota Tribal Court Handbook..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Tribal-State Relations: Hope for the Future?. Vol. 36. South Dakota Law Review, 1991.
  • Pommersheim, Frank, and Feimer, Steve. Marking Time: Does Race Make a Difference? A Study of Disparate Sentencing in South Dakota. Vol. 13. Journal of Crime and Justice, 1990.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Going to the Penitentiary: A Study of Disparate Sentencing in South Dakota. Vol. 16. Criminal Justice and Behavior: An International Journal, 1989.
  • Pommersheim, Frank, Hutton, Christine, and Feimer, Steve. I Fought the Law and the Law Won: A Report on Women and Disparate Sentencing in South Dakota. Vol. 15. New England Journal on Criminal & Civil Confinement, 1989.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. The Crucible of Sovereignty: Analyzing Issues of Tribal Jurisdiction. Vol. 31. Arizona Law Review, 1989.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. The Reservation as Place: A South Dakota Essay. Vol. 34. South Dakota Law Review, 1989.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. The Black Hills Case: On the Cusp of History. Vol. 4. Wicazo Sa Review, 1988.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. The Contextual Legitimacy of Adjudication in Tribal Courts and hte Role of the Tribal Bar as an Interpretive Community. Vol. 18. New Mexico Law Review, 1988.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Voices, Values and Community: Some Reflections on Legal Writing. Vol. 12. Legal Studies Forum, 1988.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Economic Development in Indian Country: What Are the Questions?. Vol. 12. American Indian Law Review, 1986.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. South Dakota Tribal Court Handbook..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Tribal Immunity, Tribal Courts, and the Federal System: Emerging Contours and Frontiers. Vol. 31. South Dakota Law Review, 1986.
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Reservation Street Law. Sinte Gleska College Press, 1979.

Awards and Honors:

  • Walter Echo-Hawk Distinguished Visiting Professor, Lewis and Clark Law School, 2016
  • John Wesley Jackson Outstanding Professor of Law, School of Law, 2007
  • Distinguished Lecturer, Northern Plains Indian Law Center, 2005
  • Special Award for Work in Native American and Tribal Law, International Conference of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, 2003
  • South Dakota Peace and Justice Center Reconciliation Award, South Dakota Peace and Justice Center, 2000
  • Lawyers for One America, 1999
  • Teacher of the Year Award, Delta Theta Phi, 1999
  • USD Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching, USD, 1998
  • President's Award for Outstanding Affirmative Action, USD, 1991
  • John Wesley Jackson Outstanding Professor of Law, School of Law, 1988