Frank Pommersheim

Frank Pommersheim

Professor

LAW SCHOOL

ULLS 211

Phone: (605) 677-5362

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: 25 Years as a Tribal Appellate Justice LibGuide..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. BookTV Interview with Frank Pommersheim on Broken Landscape: Indians, Indian Tribes and the Constitution, (C-SPAN, Nov. 4, 2017)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. In the Moment... The Camden 28 (Interview with Frank Pommersheim & Anne Dunham) (S.D. Public Radio, Sept. 6, 2017)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Poems, 41 Legal Stud. F. 309 (2017)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Turtle Talk Guest Post: A Short Inquiry Into Pe'Sla: History, Public Policy, and Moral Imagination (Nov. 22, 2016)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Hey Jo (Included in Volume 60 Joint Dedication: Justice John K. Konenkamp & Professor Jo Pasqualucci), 60 S.D. L. Rev. xiii (2015)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Local Memory and Karma (The Buddha Correspondence, Vol. 2) (2015)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Tribal Justice: Twenty-Five Years as a Tribal Appellate Justice (2015)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Buddha Visits a Neighborhood Farmers Market, 59 S.D. L. Rev. 431 (2014)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. First Review of Scholarly Promise and Accomplishment, 2013 Mich. St. L. Rev. 291 (2013)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Land Into Trust: An Inquiry Into Law, Policy, and History, 49 Idaho L. Rev. 519 (2013)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Broken Landscape: Indians, Indian Tribes and the Constitution (2009, Paperback ed. 2012)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Buddha Overhears a Conversation at a High School Basketball Game in South Dakota, in What Makes a South Dakotan?: South Dakota Stories 144 (John E. Miller & Lenora Hudson eds., 2012)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Due Process and the Legitimacy of Tribal Courts, in The Indian Civil Rights Act At Forty 105 (Kristen Carpenter, Matthew Fletcher & Angela Riley eds., 2012)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Frank Ettawageshik, & Joan Timeche, Videorecording from the Rebuilding Native Nations Course Series: The First Key to Effective Constitutions: Legitimacy (2012)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. The Crazy Horse Malt Liquor Case: From Tradition to Modernity and Halfway Back, 57 S.D. L. Rev. 42 (2012)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Videorecording: A Key Constitutional Issue: Dispute Resolution (Q&A) (2012)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Amicus Briefs in Indian Law: The Case of Plains Commerce Bank v. Long Family Land & Cattle Co., 56 S.D. L. Rev. 86 (2011)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Buddha Speaks With His Oncologist (for David Getches) (2011)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Small is Beautiful: The Buddha Correspondence (2011)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Videorecording: Constitution, Powers, Implementation, and Interpretation (2011)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. At the Crossroads: A New and Unfortunate Paradigm of Tribal Sovereignty, 55 S.D. L. Rev. 48 (2010)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Festschrift for Phil Frickey: A Poem, 98 Cal. L. Rev. 1461 (2010)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Memorial by Professor Frank Pommersheim, in A Scholar's Pursuit: The John Hagemann Quotation Collection ix (Patrick M. Garry ed., Special Memorial ed. 2010)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Videorecording from the Rebuilding Native Nations Course Series: Giving the Justice System the Support it Needs (2010)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Plains Commerce Bank v. Long Family Land and Cattle Company, Inc.: An Introduction with Questions, 54 S.D. L. Rev. 365 (2009)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Afterword, 33 Am. Indian L. Rev. 239 (2008)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. East of the River: Poems Ancient and New (2008)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Poetry, Law, & Poetry: Some Notes Toward a Unified Theory, 9 Tribal L.J. 1 (2008)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Lines for a Colleague (Frank Slagle, 1947-2006), 52 S.D. L. Rev. [xi] (2007)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. New Directions in Indian Law Scholarship: An Afterword, 32 Am. Indian L. Rev. 157 (2007)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Haiku for Mike Roche, 51 S.D. L. Rev. [xxxi] (2006)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. South Dakota Tribal Court Handbook (Rev. ed. 2006)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law (Nell Jessup Newton ed., Rev. ed. 2005) (scholarship contribution)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Poetry, 29 Legal Stud. F. 269 (2005)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Present Moment: A Zen Reflection on Indian Law Doctrine, 2 Indigenous Peoples' J. L. Culture & Resistance 104 (2005)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Constitutional Shadows: The Missing Narrative in Indian Law, 80 N.D. L. Rev. 743 (2004)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Lara: A Constitutional Crisis in Indian Law, 28 Am. Indian L. Rev. 299 (2004)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Poetry, 28 Legal Stud. F. 133 (2004)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Tribal Courts and Federal Courts: A Very Preliminary Set of Notes for Federal Courts Teachers, 36 Ariz. St. L.J. 63 (2004)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Elsie Meeks, A Review of South Dakota Criminal Justice: A Study of Racial Disparities by Richard Braunstein & Steve Feimer, 48 S.D. L. Rev. 208 (2003)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Federal Indian Law and Treaties: Friend or Foe?, Indian Country Today, Feb. 19, 2003 at 1..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Indian Tribal Courts, in 4 Dictionary of American History 316 (Stanley I. Kutler ed., 3rd ed. 2003)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Oral History Interview With Frank Pommersheim (2003)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Book Review, 71 Pacific. Hist. Rev. 343 (2002) (reviewing Thomas Biolsi, Deadliest Enemies: Law and the Making of Race Relations On and Off Rosebud Reservation, 2001)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Haiku for the Birds: And Other Related Stuff (2002)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Indian Self-Governance and the U.S. Supreme Court: An Historical Crossroads?, Indian Country Today, Nov. 6, 2002, at A6..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Is There a (Little or Not So Little) Constitutional Crisis Developing in Indian Law: A Brief Essay, 5 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 271 (2002)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. John P. LaVelle, Toward a Great Sioux Nation Judicial Support Center and Supreme Court: An Interim Planning and Recommendation Report for the Wakpa Sica Historical Society's Reconciliation Place Project, 17 Wicazo Sa Rev. 183 (2002)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock: A Little Haiku Essay on a Missed Constitutional Moment, 38 Tulsa L. Rev. 49 (2002)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Looking Forward and Looking Back: The Promise and Potential of a Sioux Nation Judicial Support Center and Sioux Nation Supreme Court, 34 Ariz. St. L.J. 269 (2002)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Panel II: Natural Resources, Economics, and the Environment: Global Issues Facing Native Communities (Panel Discussion), 7 Great Plains Nat. Resources J. 23 (2002)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Reconciliation Place Project Will Foster Understanding Between Races, Argus Leader, Feb. 10, 2002, at B13..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. No Nature Haiku Poem/Ornithology and Metaphysics, 5 Great Plains Nat. Resources J. 38 (2001)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. The Autumn After September 11, 6 Great Plains Nat. Resources J. [frontispiece] (2001)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Late Spring Haiku in Rhyme/Haiku for the Birds, 4 Great Plains Nat. Resources J. [x] (1999-2000)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Marxist Haiku, 4 Great Plains Nat. Resources J. [ix] (1999-2000)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. 'Our Federalism' in the Context of Federal Courts and Tribal Courts: An Open Letter to the Federal Courts' Teaching and Scholarly Community, 71 U. Colo. L. Rev. 123 (2000)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Coyote Paradox: Some Indian Law Reflections from the Edge of the Prairie, 31 Ariz. St. L.J. 439 (1999)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Indian Nations on the Eve of the 21st Century: Panel Discussion, 43 S.D. L. Rev. 438 (1998)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Leonard Bruguier, Sound Recording of an Interview With Leonard Bruguier and Frank Pommersheim on South Dakota Forum (1998)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Representing Native People and Indian Tribes: A Response to Professor Alegretti, 66 Fordham L. Rev. 1181 (1998)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Tribal Law and Tribal Courts, in The Encyclopedia of Native American Legal Tradition 340 (Bruce Johansen ed., 1998)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Braid of Feathers: American Indian Law and Contemporary Tribal Life (1995, Paperback ed. 1997)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Children in a Landscape, 2 Great Plains Nat. Resources J. [vii] (1997)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Democracy, Citizenship, and Indian Law Literacy: Some Initial Thoughts, 14 T. M. Cooley L. Rev. 457 (1997)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Mindfulness and Home: Poetry and Prose from a Prairie Landscape (1997)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Plums: A Geography, 2 Great Plains Nat. Resources J. [ix] (1997)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Reflections: A Series, in Silver Anniversary Anthology: Twenty-Five Years of the South Dakota Humanities Council 39 (Thomas J. Gasque ed. 1997)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Tribal Courts and the Federal Judiciary: Opportunities and Challenges for a Constitutional Democracy, 58 Mont. L. Rev. 313 (1997)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. What Must be Done To Achieve the Vision of the Twenty-First Century Tribal Judiciary, 7 Kan. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y, no. 1 at 8 (1997)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Book Review, 41 Plains Anthropologist, no. 158, 1996, at 417 (reviewing Blue Clark, Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock: Treaty Rights and Indian Law at the End of the Nineteenth Century (1994))..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Chris Hutton & Steve Feimer, I Fought the Law and the Law Won: A Report on Women and Disparate Sentencing in South Dakota, in Native Americans, Crime and Justice 209 (Marianne O. Nielsen & Robert G. Silverman eds., 1996)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Prairie Haiku: A Series, 1 Great Plains Nat. Resources J. [frontispiece] (1996)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Tribal Court Jurisprudence: A Snapshot from the Field, 21 Vt. L. Rev. 7 (1996)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Tribal Courts: Constitutional Decision Making and an Opportunity for Transformation, in Law and the Great Plains: Essays On the Legal History of the Heartland 151 (J.R. Wunder ed., 1996)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Book Review, 82 J. Am. Hist. 276 (1995) (reviewing Sidney Harring, Crow Dog's Case: American Sovereignty, Tribal Law and United States Law in the Nineteenth Century (1994))..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Diminishment of Indian Reservations: Legislative or Judicial Fiat? (Panel Discussion), 71 N.D. L. Rev. 415 (1995)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Dispute Resolution in Indian Country: Does Abstention Make the Heart Grow Fonder? (Panel Discussion), 71 N.D. L. Rev. 541 (1995)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Separation of Church and State, 12 J. L. & Religion 455 (1995)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Tribal Courts: Providers of Justice and Protectors of Sovereignty, 79 Judicature 110 (1995)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. American Association of Law Schools, Conflicts Between Tribal & State Sovereignty (A presentation recorded in Orlando, Fla., during the Association of American Law Schools annual meeting, Jan. 8, 1994)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Introduction: Symposium on Tribal Courts, 19 Okla. City U. L. Rev. 1 (1994)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Snaps: Poetry and Prose from a Family Album (1994)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Making All the Difference: Native American Testimony and the Black Hills (A Review Essay), 69 N.D. L. Rev. 337 (1993)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Justice, Community and Differences: The Challenge from Indian Country, Update On L. Related Educ., Spring/Summer 1992, at 16..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Liberation, Dreams, and Hard Work: An Essay on Tribal Court Jurisprudence, 1992 Wis. L. Rev. 411 (1992)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. South Dakota Tribal Court Handbook (Rev. ed. 1992)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Videotape: Bill of Rights and Native Americans (South Dakota State University 1992)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. A Path Near the Clearing: An Essay on Constitutional Adjudication in Tribal Courts, 27 Gonz. L. Rev. 393 (1991)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Charles Abourezk & John Davidson, Report to the Dean of The University of South Dakota School of Law: Native Americans and The University of South Dakota School of Law (1991)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. The Reservation as Place: A South Dakota Essay, in Centennial West: Essays On the Northern Tier States 59 (William L. Lang ed., 1991)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Tribal-State Relations: Hope for the Future, 36 S.D. L. Rev. 239 (1991)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Conversation with Frank Pommersheim, South Dakota Public Television (1990)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Steve Feimer, Marking Time: Does Race Make a Difference? A Study of Disparate Sentencing in South Dakota, 13 J. Crime & Just. 86 (1990)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. When It Comes to Indians, the West is Ignorant, High Country News, May 21, 1990, at 15..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. American Association of Law Schools, Native American Rights, (A presentation recorded at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools in New Orleans, Louisiana, Jan. 5-8, 1989)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Chris Hutton & Steve Feimer, I Fought the Law and the Law Won: A Report on Women and Disparate Sentencing in South Dakota, 15 New Eng. J. On Crim. & Civ. Confinement 177 (1989)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Steve Wise, Going to the Penitentiary: A Study of Disparate Sentencing in South Dakota, 16 Crim. Just. & Behav. 155 (1989)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. The Crucible of Sovereignty: Analyzing Issues of Tribal Jurisdiction, 31 Ariz. L. Rev. 329 (1989)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. The Reservation as Place: A South Dakota Essay, 34 S.D. L. Rev. 246 (1989)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Robert Fields, JoAllyn Archambault, Herbert Hoover & Russell Hawkins, Sound Recording of Panels at Native American Cultural Awareness Week (1988)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. South Dakota Tribal Court Handbook (1988)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. The Black Hills Case: On the Cusp of History, 4 Wicazo Sa Rev. 18 (1988)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. The Contextual Legitimacy of Adjudication in Tribal Courts and the Role of the Tribal Bar as an Interpretive Community: An Essay, 18 New Mex. L. Rev. 49 (1988)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Voice, Values, and Community: Some Reflections on Legal Writing, 12 Legal Stud. F. 477 (1988)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Jean Belille, Sherman Marshall, & LeRoy Greaves, Sound Recording of Speakers at Indian Awareness Days at the University of South Dakota (1987)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Terry Pechota, Tribal Immunity, Tribal Courts, and the Federal System: Emerging Contours and Frontiers, 31 S.D. L. Rev. 553 (1986)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Oral History Interview with Robert Bunge, Clarence Rockboy, Vince Two Eagles, Robin Russell, Cato Valandra, Thomas Shortbull, Calvin Thunderhawk, Loren Zephier, Steve Emery, and Margaret Zephier (1985)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Economic Development in Indian Country: What Are the Questions?, 12 Am. Indian L. Rev. 195 (1984)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Anita Remerowski, Reservation Street Law (1979)..
  • Pommersheim, Frank. Broken Ground and Flowing Waters: An Introductory Text on Rosebud Sioux Tribal Government (1977)..

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